Councils in North Northamptonshire are benefitting from £1million worth of funding, which will support the delivery of mixed-use developments in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden, and the proposed Tresham Garden Village at Deenethorpe Airfield.
Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire Councils secured funding through their Joint Planning and Delivery Unit from the Government’s Garden Communities project. The scheme is helping ambitious councils get well-designed homes built on large sites. £9 million was made available this year for schemes across the country.
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP said:
We have not built enough homes in this country for the last three decades, and we are turning that around as we work towards our target to build 300,000 properties a year by the mid-2020s.
This £9 million funding boost is giving councils the support and cash injection they need so they can finish planning new developments and get diggers on site.
Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council and Chairman of the North Northamptonshire Joint Delivery Committee has welcomed this latest support:
The urban extensions at our main towns will provide many of the new homes, jobs and facilities that we need over the next 20 years. It takes a lot of resources to ensure that these developments are properly planned, with high quality design and all the necessary infrastructure.
It is good that the Government is continuing to support us in this work. The capacity support helps pay for staff and will allow us to buy-in specialist advice on issues such as design, viability and legal issues. We are also be working with Government to ensure that North Northamptonshire gets the further investment in infrastructure and services that we need to make growth sustainable and to ensure that the benefits are shared by our existing communities”.
Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council has welcomed the ongoing funding for the proposed Tresham Garden Village:
Tresham Garden Village is an exciting project for the Council. The latest Government funding has allowed us to continue to work closely with the Deene Estate and its development partner to design a distinctive new village, with excellent local facilities, sitting in an attractive landscape of forest and parkland.
The proposal, as outlined in the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy, is different to many large developments, being designed based on garden village principles and with a focus on small builders and opportunities for people to commission or build their own homes. There is still some way to go in testing the proposal before a planning application can be submitted.”
For more information regarding Tresham Garden Village, visit: https://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/majorplanningapps