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Wellingborough part of new garden community

Published Friday, 27 March 2015

Wellingborough Council has teamed up with nearby local authorities to create a ‘garden community’ of new housing and services to benefit the north of the county.

It includes two major projects in the town at Stanton Cross and Wellingborough North, as well as developments in both Corby and Kettering. Being awarded garden community status means that the four projects will be supported by £750,000 of government funding.

The money has been pledged after the government invited local authorities to express interest in creating new garden cities last year. The idea was to generate new, high quality, sustainable housing in the UK, with associated education, leisure, retail, transport and business growth.

Wellingborough’s two major developments were thought to fit the concept well, as were the projects in Corby and Kettering, so the three councils joined forces with East Northamptonshire Council to bid for the funding, and for the whole of north Northamptonshire to be considered as a garden community.

It was announced in last week’s budget speech that the local authorities had been successful in their bid.

The money will be used to help fund a joint committee to oversee and coordinate the delivery of the housing and related infrastructure in the area.

Leader of Wellingborough Council, Cllr Paul Bell, said: “This is a great opportunity and the funding is very welcome. The north of the county is set to grow significantly over the next few years and the government money will help us work with our neighbours to make sure this happens in a sustainable way.

“Setting up a joint delivery committee will also make sure that these large-scale projects are complementary both to their respective towns and also to each other, and that the developments reach certain standards in terms of design, quality, security, and connectivity. We’ll be able to work together to secure appropriate developer contributions and to overcome any obstacles.

“Being given garden community status, and being awarded the funding, is really positive news for Wellingborough, and the north of the county.”