Controversial housing project set to bring in £2.2m

A housing project which was at the centre of a controversy over financial mismanagement is set to hit its target of generating £2.2m.

The Kingswood regeneration scheme in Corby provided 146 properties in the town, including the first council homes to be built in the borough for almost 40 years.

Corby Council was criticised by the Audit Commission over its handling of the project, which is nearing completion, when it was reported the authority settled bills for tens of thousands of pounds without checking work had been carried out properly.

Leader of Corby Council, Tom Beattie, said: “With the attention surrounding the Kingswood project it is important to remember the fantastic regeneration that has been undertaken on the estate. I can assure residents that we have tightened our control of the scheme and discussions are ongoing over the costs.

“The project has greatly improved the area, giving residents much-needed modern, affordable homes and building the first new council homes in Corby for close to 40 years.

“On top of providing improvements to the Kingswood estate, we are very pleased that there is now the distinct possibility that we will achieve our £2.2m receipt, which would of course be a very welcome financial boost to the council.”

Plans are in the pipeline for the next stage of the regeneration programme, centred on Surfleet Close on the estate.

There are plans to build 21 one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, with off-road parking.