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Public views sought on regeneration of Kettering

An artist's impression of the plan for The Yards area
Image caption The plan will see The Yards area with niche and independent shops

The public's views are being sought on the final plan for the redevelopment of a town in Northamptonshire.

Kettering Borough Council has now published the Kettering Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP).

The council said the £12m plan had been drawn up as the town prepared to expand by 13,200 new homes by 2021.

The first phase in the regeneration of the market square is complete and the plan is to develop more retail and leisure areas creating new jobs.

The council said research showed Kettering town centre was faring comparatively well despite difficult economic circumstances.

It is the third fastest growing town in the country and has lower than average vacant retail space, the council said.

Work is under way on the new Market Place restaurants and will soon start on improvements to Horsemarket, Market Street and Sheep Street and on the new improved Northampton Road junction.

The consultation period ends on 18 October.

Kettering Borough Council's regeneration programme manager, Paul Thomas, said: "The Area Action Plan will help Kettering Borough Council and its partners deliver their ambitious proposals for regenerating Kettering town centre and reinforce its role as the main shopping destination in North Northants."

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