The Wellingborough Local Plan alteration (which was consulted on and subsequently adopted in 2004) identified 2875 houses in Wellingborough East (including East of Eastfield Road).
The Wellingborough East site covers:
- Land North of the A45 - ProLogis Park .
- Land South of the railway - along Irthlingborough Road including Kangaroo Spinney.
- Land between Finedon Road and the railway - the main Stanton Cross site.
- Land North of Finedon Road - the main Stanton Cross site.
- Neilsons Sidings - the main Stanton Cross site.
- East of Eastfield Road - Bee Bee Eastfield Urban Quarter.
Bovis Homes Ltd, first submitted a planning application in August 2004 with further submissions in December 2005 and October 2006. The Council approved the planning application on 8 March 2006.
Stanton Cross - The name explained
Bovis ran a public competition through the Evening Telegraph to name the development. Stanton refers to the former Stanton Ironworks company which operated in Wellingborough in the 1930s. Stanton is also derived from the Anglo-Saxon for stone farm and the Cross part of the name refers to the river and rail crossings required to link the development to Wellingborough.
The proposed mixed use scheme comprises:
- 3200 residential units
- Industrial and commercial development
- New public transport links and interchange at the station
- Town Park
- New and enhanced walking and cycling routes
- A neighbourhood centre with doctors, small supermarket and other shops, a community hall and primary school
- 2 further secondary local centres
- Construction of access roads, bridges and cycle/footways
A revised masterplan for Stanton Cross was submitted to the Council in October 2006. This was approved by the Council on the 12th December 2006.
The Borough Council, Bovis Homes and Matrix Partnership (Urban Design Consultants), have also been working together to produce a set of illustrated design rules and requirements which instruct and may advise on the physical development of the site (Design Codes). This will help to establish clear urban design principles to ensure that the design of the development achieves the highest possible standards.
The Council is currently pursuing a Compulsory Purchase Order of land within the Stanton Cross Development.
Eastfield Urban Quarter
- The Council created a development brief (adopted in February 2006) on this area, which consulted all of the local residents, landowners and allotments holders that could be located.
- Bee Bee Developments submitted an application for the whole site in January 2006 for 1030 flats and live/work units. Consultation on this application is ongoing due to concerns raised on infrastructure etc.