New development for town centre

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New shops, 134 homes, a multi-storey car park and a hotel could soon be built in Wellingorough town centre as part of a new council scheme.

Wellingborough Council has revealed plans for a new multi-million pound development off High Street.

Members of the local authority’s development committee this week confirmed home building company Keepmoat Homes was the preferred bidder for the contract to carry out the work, after beating off competition from 17 other developers.

More than £1m of Government-funded money has already been spent building the Derek Hooton Way access road to the site, off Oxford Street.

The council says the development would “mark the start of further improvements in the town centre, including the area around Market Square and the potential development of the Tresham College site”.

Keepmoat Homes is described on its own website as one which “provides high-quality new homes”.

Martyn Johnson, the company’s partnerships project manager, said: “We have the ability to build commercial units, such as the car park, retail units and hotel. The key message we want to get across is that we are not going to stall the development, or take unnecessary time to deliver.”

Natasha Allen, of Raunds, shops in Wellingborough regularly. She said: “I would welcome this. I think it’s good that it will be a mixed developments. Wellingborough could definitely do with a new hotel.”

If it goes ahead work could start later in the year.