Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
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Major development gets green light

WORK could start next year on a massive £500million development in Wellingborough after the Government confirmed a compulsory purchase order to secure a crucial piece of land.

The Stanton Cross development, on land to the east of the town’s train station, will be the largest growth the town has seen since the 1960s.

It will include more than 3,000 new homes as well as shops, schools, office space, a town park, community centre and doctor’s surgery. Major improvements to roads and public transport will also take place.

The idea for the development, which will see the town grow in size by a third, was first discussed back in 1996.

Following several years of public exhibitions, consultations and revised plans, Wellingborough Council granted planning permission to house builder Bovis Homes in 2008.

One crucial piece of land was needed to kick start the project and without it the main road into the development – known as Route 4 – couldn’t be built.

Despite lengthy negotiations, no agreement was reached between the developer and the landowner, so earlier this year the council stepped in to acquire the land using its compulsory purchase powers.

The compulsory purchase order was made in April and two objections were received. These were withdrawn after successful talks between the council, Bovis Homes and the objectors, which avoided the need for a public inquiry.

Wellingborough Council leader Paul Bell, said: “We have been waiting more than 15 years for Stanton Cross to get going. Now we have this land we can get Route 4 built and the whole development is opened up. “This is the most exciting project we’ve seen in a long time.”

The whole development is expected to take 10-15 years and will create around 100 jobs a year over the construction period and more than 2,000 permanent jobs.

The first phase of the development will see the building of Station Island – a huge office space development – as well as a new railway station over the line from the existing station, which will be retained. The construction of Route 4 will see an extension of Midland Road to include a road bridge over the railway line.

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