Northampton

£400m Wellingborough housing scheme moves forward

A £400m scheme to build a 3,000-home estate north of Wellingborough has moved closer after the council backed selling land to the developer.

Outline planning permission for the 624-acre (252-hectare) Wellingborough North development was granted in 2010.

Wellingborough Council has now agreed to negotiate the sale of 66 acres (26.7 hectares) of farmland within that.

The scheme also includes shops, schools, a nursery, offices, a health centre, a community centre and parks.

There is space reserved for new road improvements between Isham and Wellingborough as well.

'Time is right'

The scheme is being developed by Northants LLP.

Paul Bell, leader of the Conservative-controlled council, said: "We're only beginning negotiations at this stage... but we believe the time is now right to get this development started.

"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."

An update on the progress of the negotiations will go before the council's resources committee on 30 October.

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