The population of Wellingborough expanded rapidly during the 1960s and 70s as successive agreements were signed between the Urban District Council and London County Council in 1962 and the Greater London Council in 1967 for Wellingborough to become an 'Expanding Town' to re-house over spill population from the capital.
The Borough grew from 26,000 to 60,000 during this period and current population figures are around 76,000 for the Borough as a whole. A range of population statistics are available at www.nomisweb.co.uk.
Future population growth
As part of its Milton Keynes South Midlands (MKSM) study, the government has identified Wellingborough as one of several towns in Northamptonshire into which growth will be directed over the next thirty years. It allocates 12,800 additional homes to Wellingborough, and will also create additional facilities, further improve the town centre, improve infrastructure and increase employment opportunities. More about the MKSM study can be found at the Department for Communities and Local Government
Indeed, Stanton Cross to the East of Wellingborough is one of the UK's largest proposed development sites, which has an application masterplan for 3100 dwellings to 2016 and will expand Wellingborough town by around 30% over the next 10-15 years.
Wellingborough has a diverse and multi-cultural population with a strong sense of community with black and minority ethnic groups representing around 7% of the population in the Borough rising to 11% within Wellingborough Town. The main minority ethnic groups are Indian and African-Caribbean, other groups include Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Polish and Irish.
A detailed labour market profile for Wellingborough can be downloaded from www.nomisweb.co.uk