North Northamptonshire among the winners in the Government’s award of Large Sites Capacity Funding
Funding awarded to help provide new homes
The Government has awarded the four Borough and District Councils in North Northamptonshire with £1.1 million to support the delivery of the Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs) at Corby, Kettering, Rushden and Wellingborough. This is part of an £18 million national pot to provide additional capacity within local authorities and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to tackle large and complex sites. It is one element of the Government’s strategy to significantly increase the pace of housebuilding.
The six SUEs identified in the strategic plan (Joint Core Strategy) for North Northamptonshire could together provide around 25,000 new homes, with supporting jobs and infrastructure, over the next 20 years. Of these, Priors Hall Park and Weldon Park at Corby, Hanwood Park at Kettering, and Stanton Cross at Wellingborough are all underway and Glenvale Park at Wellingborough is about to start. Planning applications for the SUEs at West Corby and at Rushden East in East Northamptonshire expected this year.
The North Northamptonshire Councils have a long history of working together through Joint Planning and Delivery Units. They made a joint bid for funding from the Large Sites Capacity Fund. This sought resources for additional planning officers, highways officers and specialist consultants to coordinate growth and to deal with planning applications. It also sought funding for technical work to ensure that infrastructure requirements are assessed and met early in the development of the SUEs.
The Government’s funding announcement has been welcomed by Cllr Russell Roberts, who chairs the North Northamptonshire Joint Delivery Committee established to oversee progress on the SUEs: “This funding will allow the partner Councils to strengthen their planning teams and to buy-in additional expertise to speed up the delivery of new homes and ensure that development is of the highest possible quality. We are one of the fastest growing areas in the country and will need ongoing support from the Government and its agencies while the SUEs are built out. This latest funding announcement shows that, as well as providing much needed local homes, jobs and infrastructure, the SUEs are important to the national growth agenda”.