Category: News from our Area

Cash Boost to Help Deliver Homes in North Northamptonshire

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


Northamptonshire Firm Helps Millions Enhance their Workplace Skills

More than two million people have taken steps to “enhance their workplace abilities” over the last 12 months thanks to a Northamptonshire business development company.


‘First aid for pets’ and ‘making maths and English more user friendly for primary school age children’ are two of the emerging courses on offer by The CPD Accreditation Group.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities which professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities.

Rachel Clark, Accreditation Administrator with Mick Judge, Accreditation and Quality Manager

Rachel Clark, Accreditation Administrator with Mick Judge, Accreditation and Quality Manager

The CPD Accreditation Group, which has a base at Rockingham Speedway as well as a head office in London, certifies training courses offered by industries all over the UK and 21 countries across the world.


Offering a range of learning platforms, employees can successfully develop their skills and knowledge by completing training workshops, conferences and e-learning programs.


Mick Judge, accreditation and quality manager, said: “There are more than 1,000 institutes and professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.

“Accompanied by such growth is the acceptance that academic qualifications must offer more vocational and skills-based or ‘practical’ learning. A structured, practical and methodical approach to learning helps employers across industries to keep key staff and develop the skills and knowledge in their organisation to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.

“Other ‘soft courses’ are emerging and being offered to the general public such as first aid for pets being offered by veterinary practices, which by having a third party accreditation, reassures users they are attending a quality course.

“There is an increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities.”

The CPD Accreditation Group helps organisations formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to meet the increasing expectation for professionals to undertake CPD regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities. Formally certified CPD materials are more likely to become accepted and welcomed by audiences.

Mick added: “Organisations wishing to embrace CPD can display their commitment through membership of The CPD Accreditation Group. Member organisations are advised and encouraged to submit potentially qualifying CPD materials for formal and impartial CPD accreditation by our team of experienced CPD Assessors.”


Northants Teens Renovate Local Playground for Community Project


  • Group of 12 Northants teenagers have refreshed a local playground
  • Northants teens volunteer 47,000 hours for local community as part of National Citizen Service (NCS)
  • Applications for autumn NCS programme now open


A DOZEN dedicated Northamptonshire teenagers have brought a new lease of life to the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground in Northampton as part of their social action project for National Citizen Service (NCS), this summer.

The group wanted their social action project to make a difference in the local community and focused on updating the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground. The teens secured free materials for the renovation and also placed a plaque in the playground to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease – a cause close to their hearts for which the team raised more than £200 through bucket collections.

Hannah Porter, 16 from Northampton was part of the group which worked on the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground project, said: “The biggest thing my whole team can take away from the NCS experience is how we have all acquired a new set of skills and mindset with which to use them.Teen Northants project

“As a result, our NCS experience can be described as nothing but completely exhilarating and meaningful, not just for the team, but for the impact we have made on the people in Northampton in the name of the Alzheimer’s Society.

“Despite the arduous efforts to sand, prime and paint in the sweltering heat, the smiles of the children who live around the playground made it all worthwhile for the team and we all feel truly proud.”

NCS, a unique programme open to all 16 and 17-year-olds, consists of three phases; the first phase involves outdoor team-building exercises and the second phase is a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’. The third phase is spent putting all these new skills into practice when the teens plan and carry out a social action project where they spend at least of 30 hours on their chosen community project.

The 12 teenagers are amongst more than 1,500 Northamptonshire young people who dedicated a staggering 47,000 hours to create a positive change in their communities through social action by raising awareness for local charities, renovating community spaces and working for good causes. Northants group teens

To date almost 500,000 young people have taken part in NCS with more than ten million hours of social action completed. The social action projects are at the heart of the NCS programme and in 2016 it was calculated that for every £1 spent, the summer programme delivered between £1.15 – £2.42 of benefits back to society.

Phil Everett, from The EBP, the regional NCS provider, said: “We are incredibly proud of all the hard work our groups have put in across the summer programme and without a doubt they have made a huge impact across the county.

“The team were very determined and carried themselves in a very professional manner regarding the renovation of the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground. Everyone was really keen to make a noticeable difference to their local community and they have definitely done that.

“Although all of the summer start dates have now begun, NCS will be taking place in the autumn, so if you feel like you missed out this time then please get in touch.”

For further information and to sign up to the autumn NCS programme visit www.ncsyes.co.uk or call 01522 574101.

Reminder to have your Say on the Design of Future Local Government in Northants

Residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the county are reminded to have their say as consultation on a re-structure of local government in Northamptonshire continues until 22 July.


All eight authorities in Northamptonshire are working on a proposal for the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government that “must command a good deal of local support”, so stakeholders across the county have an opportunity to comment before a final proposal is submitted.


A detailed explanation of the consultation and a questionnaire can be found online at www.futurenorthants.co.uk and paper copies of both are available in libraries, council offices and other local venues. Please check your council’s website for details of venues where you can pick up a copy.


The Government’s invitation to submit a proposal follows a Best Value Inspection of Northamptonshire County Council, which concluded that its financial, cultural and governance problems could not be solved in isolation and recommended that plans be developed for two unitary authorities.


The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has asked that the eight authorities in Northamptonshire submit a proposal that meets the following criteria:


  • A single county-wide unitary is explicitly excluded as an option
  • Each new proposed authority must have a population substantially in excess of 300,000
  • The proposal must be based on existing council boundaries.


A representative telephone survey, focus groups with representative groups of invited residents and engagement with other stakeholders are also taking place.


Other consultations by the local media and by individual councils may take place at the same time, so it’s really important that people respond to the official Local Government Reform Northamptonshire consultation being run by all eight Northamptonshire councils for their comments on the proposal to be considered.