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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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