Borough Council could sell land to allow £400

million development to start

Wellingborough councillors have agreed to begin negotiations for the sale of around

66 acres of its land, needed to kick start a £400 million pound development to the

north of the town.

Outline planning permission for the Wellingborough North development was granted

by the Secretary of State in February 2010. It gave consent for up to 3,000 homes,

shops, schools, a nursery, offices, a health centre, a community centre and parks, as

well as space reserved for new road improvements between Isham and

Wellingborough.

Part of the land needed for the scheme to begin is owned by the council, and until now

the authority had been reluctant to sell. Reasons for the reluctance included a desire to

protect the interests of residents living at nearby Redhill Grange, uncertainty that the

best possible price for the land could be achieved in the current market, and the wish

to get the Stanton Cross development on the east side of the town underway first.

At a meeting of the council's resources committee on 18 September councillors

agreed that the time was now right for negotiations to begin, and authorised officers to

start talking about terms of sale with developer Northants LLP. The sale of the

council land could then allow the first two phases of the three-phase project to

proceed.

In making their decision, councillors at the meeting said that it was important that the

town, rather than the surrounding villages, took some of the pressure of the five-year

supply of housing land that the borough is required to demonstrate. They also said

that the financial benefit from the sale of the land would be a big boost to the council's

capital income.

This is good news for the borough. We're only beginning negotiations at this stage,

and there's still lots to talk about before any sale of land is agreed, but we believe the

time is now right to get this development started. The Stanton Cross scheme is

moving forward very quickly, so we aren't as concerned about both projects running

alongside each other, and perhaps most importantly it increases the odds of defending

the borough against unwanted housing developments. We have to demonstrate we

have a five-year supply of developable land, and large schemes such as

Wellingborough North help us justify refusing speculative applications elsewhere in

the borough and in particular in our villages. The money we'll get from selling the

land will obviously be welcome, and the development will also bring benefits for the

borough as a whole in terms of construction work, additional employment, education

and leisure."

Wellingborough's Christmas Lights Switch On

Market Street, Wellingborough

Saturday 30th November 2014

Wellingborough is getting ready for a spectacular Christmas, as preparations are made

for a day of festive celebrations on Saturday 30th November.

As the lights are switched on, a firework display provided by Wellingborough

BID will light up the sky over the town centre.

Wellingborough's Community Carol Service

Wellingborough Council, together with Churches Together and All Hallows Church,

will be hosting a community carol service on Friday 20th December at 6pm.

The service is free of charge and will be a traditional celebration, with many favourite

carols and readings telling the Christmas story.

The service will take place outside of All Hallows Church in Market Place

Wellingborough and everybody is welcome

Holocaust Memorial Day 2014

Wellingborough's Holocaust Memorial Day events will be taking place on 25th and

26th January 2014.

On Saturday 25th January Wellingborough Museum will be hosting an event to link

in with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trusts Theme.

On Sunday 26th January, the council will also be holding a remembrance event at

2pm by the Anne Frank tree in Swanspool Gardens , followed by a short time for

quiet reflection. For further details of any of the events taking place over the

weekend contact events@wellingborough.gov.uk.

New County Councillor

You will be aware that George Blackwell was the county councillor for Great

Doddington for a number of years. George decided not to seek re-election in May and

his place has been taken by Cllr Paul Bell.

Paul is a well known local politician and is the current Leader of the Council at

Wellingborough. He has already been very active in village affairs and his contact

details are:

Telephone: 01933224843

Email: paul.bell@wellingborough.gov.uk

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can I remind residents that if they have any questions or issues relating to Borough Council matters they can contact me on 01933 224790 or e-mai barry.graves@virgin.net

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