Corby Council chief outlines plans for homes and jobs

Corby Council's new chief executive Norman Stronach.

Corby Council's new chief executive Norman Stronach.

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Corby Council’s new chief executive Norman Stronach says plans for thousands of jobs and homes are in the pipeline .

He has been appointed to the top job with the authority, after serving as acting chief executive for 15 months following the secondment and retirement of his predecessor Chris Mallender.

Mr Stronach, 57, said: “The challenge is to continue the growth and regeneration which had been achieved in the past 10 years.

“Everyone has a different way of doing the job, but the aims are the same – regeneration through growth.

“The ambitions and aspirations are still the same, to double Corby’s population to about 100,000 by 2030.”

Mr Stronach has reason to be optimistic Corby, the fastest growing area in the country, is on track to meet that target. The town was recently successful in winning £10m funding for infrastructure at Priors Hall to kick-start the building programme which will eventually provide 5,000 more homes.

Planning permission for a 1,000-home site at Weldon Park, on the outskirts of town, has been approved subject to successful negotiations over financial contributions to infrastructure, known as Section 106 agreements, with developer Charles Church.

In addition, developer Keepmoat is building homes off Arran Way.

Mr Stronach said: “In 1999 there were 19 homes built in Corby. Since 2001, we have built 5,000. That’s an incredible achievement.”

Key to the success of Corby’s regeneration is job creation. Pro Logis has been given approval in principal for a road-served distribution centre at Stanion Plantation, subject to successful Section 106 negotiations. The scheme promises 2,800 jobs.

Mr Stronach said: “We have plans to attract high-tech and engineering companies to the area around Rockingham circuit and the resource park at Brookfields Plantation is also in the pipeline. We are doing everything to make Corby a place people want to invest in.”