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Castle Manor Farm site
175 acres
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Glebe Land site
114 acres
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An abundance of wildlife
The adjacent RAMSAR site is a wetland of international importance
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The Village of Titchmarsh
A community on the edge of the development
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Save Titchmarsh and Upper Nene Valley Countryside & Habitats

This web site has been set-up to support the STAUNCH Campaign which aims to protect the village of Titchmarsh and the Upper Nene valley from potential catastrophic industrial development.

Two large sites on the edge of the village of Titchmarsh have been targeted by developers. Their plans are to logistic centres and huge warehouses on what was greenfield farm land.

The first site, known as the Glebe Land covers approximately 114 acres. The Diocese of Peterborough sold a 10 year development option to IM Properties in early 2021 – one of the UK’s largest privately-owned investor developers.

The second site, known locally as Castle Manor Farm, is being managed by Newlands Developments. This massive 175 acre plot could soon be the site of 4 new warehouses standing almost 90 feet high.

Latest Updates

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STAUNCH Campaign: Bulletin 2

STAUNCH have issued a second update. It includes lots of new details of the group’s continued efforts to halt the proposed planning developments on the Glebe and Castle Manor Farm

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The Sites

Maps of the Glebe Land (shaded in red) and the adjacent Castle Manor Farm site (shaded in yellow) are shown below. Access to both sites would be via the single lane A605 – which runs north to Peterborough – or directly through the village of Titchmarsh.

 If both developments went ahead, the existing Haldens Parkway industrial estate would quadruple in size. The resulting super-industrial estate would be bigger than the nearby town of Thrapston.

The Glebe Land

In the summer of 2020 the Diocese of Peterborough – part of the Church of England – proposed the sale of a 10-year “development option” on 46 hectares (114 acres) of Glebe Land to IM Properties, which describes itself as “one of the UK’s largest privately-owned investor developers”. The development option does not necessarily mean that development will go ahead, but if the land is developed the diocese – which claims to have financial problems linked to the Covid pandemic – will reap some of the financial rewards.

The Glebe Land is all arable farmland, never previously developed, off Ranway (the road that links Islington to the Haldens Parkways industrial estate) and extending as far west as the A605.

After strenuous objections by both Titchmarsh’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the Parish Council (PC), the Diocesan Finance Board (DBF) pledged to putthe proposed sale on hold “pending a review of the environmental and social considerations”. But the DBF then ignored our objections and proceeded with the sale of the development option in the autumn of 2020. Full consultation with the parish council and PCC has been promised, but as yet we have received no further contact from IM Properties, or their agents.

In May 2021 plans for ‘300,000 sq m of B8 distribution/logistics floorspace’ on a second 71 hectare (175 acre) site, under different ownership, suddenly emerged. The second site, to the immediate east of Haldens Parkway, is about 50% bigger than the Glebe Land site. It lies mostly in the parish of Thrapston, though the northern part of it lies in Titchmarsh parish, and it would extend almost as far eastwards as The Leys (the road connecting Polopit to the A14).

The applicants’ agents, Oxalis Planning, have misleadingly described the site as “Sand And Gravel Quarry Land, Huntingdon Road, Thrapston, Northamptonshire”, although only about 25% of the site was ever used for gravel extraction; the rest is farmland previously untouched by any development. The Parish Council is referring to the land as the Castle Manor Farm site, after the farm that would be covered by the proposed development.

A letter from Oxalis Planning to the council (which can be read at explains that 300,000 sq metres of warehousing is proposed, up to a maximum hight of 24.5 metres (eighty feet) above ground level – even higher than the current warehouses at Haldens Parkway.

Castle Manor Farm

Implications

Should these developments go ahead then the implications for the village of Titchmarsh and surrounding countryside are clearly very dramatic as the before and after graphic  demonstrates below. This is not only the case for the ancient community of the village but also for the massive and diverse wildlife which inhabits the surrounding fields. Crucially both plots are regularly visited by over-wintering and migrating birds – many of them visiting the Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits RAMSAR site seen in the top left of the picture below. Such a dramatic loss of habitat will undoubtedly have catastrophic consequences.

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*The “Proposed” graphic is an artist’s impression of what could be built based on other logistics centres in the area. To date, the only plans to have been revealed are those for the Castle Manor Farm site. These should be made public in November.

Report Sightings & Upload Photos

In order to support our case against the developments it is vitally important that we build up a casebook of wildlife sightings and document traffic issues. In particular, we must make a case that our roads are already fit to bursting with traffic and any new capacity will overwhelm them. Recording wildlife sightings is also important. The Glebe Land is next to an important wet land and is often used by migratory birds and other wildlife. If you’ve sported something report it using the links below.

Report a Wildlife Sighting

Seen something interesting – then report it to the Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre

Upload Photos

Stuck behind lorries, roads gridlocked, witnessed a traffic incident – please take a photo and upload it below.

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