A MULTI-MILLION pound ‘landmark’ temple could be built in two years’ time after it was given unanimous approval by councillors.
The Indian Hindu Welfare Organisation (IHWO) has welcomed the final stage of planning which means it will soon be able to start fundraising for at least £10 million needed for the development.
Nikul Odedra said, although permission was granted in 2010 by the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation, on Tuesday night Northampton Borough Councillors gave it the final go-ahead.
He said at the moment the aim was for the massive development, to be built on Lings Way, Northampton, to be completed by 2014 if the funds can be raised by next year.
The temple will take up about a quarter of the site, which is based in a local wildlife area, but with the rest of the space created for sporting facilities, a cinema, education centre and sheltered housing, among other things.
Mr Odedra said: “The key thing is that this will be for everybody, from all backgrounds, in Northampton and the surrounding areas.
“There will be lots of facilities for businesses, a creche for children, a day centre for the elderly.
“It will also be very, very eco-friendly with solar panels, geo-thermal technology and water reservoirs to get water.
We have a very comprehensive plan and it is great to have been given the final nod.”
Councillor Penny Flavell, chairwoman of the planning committee, said: “We think this is an excellent project and will provide much needed facilities for the community in this area.”