• Resource Recovery Park

Resource Recovery Park – Socio Economic Assessment

Client: Gretton Brook Estate
Location: Corby, Northamptonshire
Date: 2012

Services: Economic development

We were instructed alongside GP Planning to undertake a Socio Economic Assessment to accompany an outline planning application for an innovative Resource Recovery Park in Northamptonshire.  The scheme proposes an innovative mix of employment uses that have the potential to make a significant contribution to the local economy and support the growth of ‘green industries’ in the east Midlands.
The uses on the Park will be carefully controlled and will be required to demonstrate resource synergy so as to maximise sustainability of the Park and its output, likely uses will include:
  • Energy generation (generation of energy, renewable energy and users of energy)
  • Waste and Materials (including management of recycling and processing and users of waste)
  • Enterprise (including research and development), education and services, environmental business and technology.
Our role was to prepare a detailed Socio Economic Assessment as part of a suite of other planning application documents.  The Socio Economic Assessment included a baseline section summarising social and economic trends in and around Corby and a review of relevant national, regional and local policy and strategy.  The main component and focus of our work was the economic impact section which applied Green Book appraisal methodologies to estimate the net additional temporary and permanent impact of the development on the local economy.
Specific services
  • Review of the current situation through existing information, data and reports
  • Consideration of relevant planning and economic policies (national, sub-regional, local)
  • Review of socio-economic baseline conditions including; recent economic history, population, deprivation, employment and unemployment, earnings and occupation
  • Employment estimates and impact on the local economy, including; permanent employment impact, temporary employment impact, health impact and education impact
  • A Socio Economic Assessment to accompany an outline planning application.
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