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Corby's stalled 'North Londonshire' estate residents 'misled'

Much of the site is fenced off and lacks the planned cycle paths and walking routes
Image caption Much of the site is fenced off and lacks the promised cycle paths and walking routes

Residents of a housing estate once dubbed "North Londonshire" are angry it is still a building site years later.

Around 600 out of 5,100 homes have been built on Priors Hall Park in Corby since 2010, but its developers and landowner are in administration.

One home owner said the site - once promoted in an advert voiced by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig - was an "expensive disappointment".

Administrators Deloitte confirmed a new investor was being sought.

Image caption The development's website featured a photo of Rutland Water, 20 miles away
Image caption Trees have been felled but landscaping of the site is far from complete

The Priors Hall Park website promises an "attractive setting" and "superb rural walks through the rolling Northamptonshire countryside", which it re-branded as North Londonshire.

A radio advert, voiced by Ms Toksvig, described it as "a friendly place to bring up the kids".

"If you think you've grown out of London, see how you could grow into North Londonshire," it said.

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Image caption Sandi Toksvig voiced a radio advert promising an idyllic lifestyle in Northamptonshire
Image caption Many of the roads and pavements around the site remain unfinished

Advert 'makes me laugh'

Hughie Coull has lived at Priors Hall for five years. He said: "It looked nice and I thought there'd be country walks, a pub, shops and play areas for the kids but we've got nothing."

Another home owner, Julie McCallum, said: "When I look at the advert now it actually makes me laugh.

"It cost us a lot of money to move. What we thought we were buying and what we actually got were two very different things.

"It's been an expensive disappointment for us".

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Image caption Mud-covered land surrounds the "stunning" lake promised by developers
Image caption Home owner, Julie McCallum, said moving to Priors Hall Park had been "an expensive disappointment"

Corby Developments Limited and BeLa Partnership Limited called in Deloitte last October.

A spokesman for Deloitte, said: "We appreciate that some residents are frustrated by the progress of some of the amenities promised by the developers.

"We can confirm that material progress is being made, particularly in respect of the community centre and the district centre.

"House builders are continuing to build, house sales remain strong and the estates team is busy maintaining the site.

"We are now working to find a new investor to complete the development and have already had significant interest."

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