Regeneration of estate continues

CORBY: Olympic Square, at the Colyers Gardens development on Kingswood estate. Olympic gymnast Daniel Keating and mayor Gail McDade opening the new development.
CORBY: Olympic Square, at the Colyers Gardens development on Kingswood estate. Olympic gymnast Daniel Keating and mayor Gail McDade opening the new development.
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Plans are in the pipeline for the next stage of a regeneration programme to change the face of the Kingswood estate in Corby.

A planning application has been submitted to the borough council to build 21 one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, with off-road parking.

Controversy surrounds the scheme after a report by the district auditor revealed financial mismanagement of the Colyers Gardens phase of the development.

The report, leaked to the Evening Telegraph last month, showed Corby Council settled bills for tens of thousands of pounds without checking work had been properly carried out.

Phase three of the regeneration, submitted by developers Keepmoat, centres on Surfleet Close on the estate.

A statement by MB3 Architecture says: “The proposed new dwellings in this phase are designed to make a contribution to the regeneration of the Kingswood area.

“Housing was previously situated on the site but has since been demolished.

“The architectural style of the proposed units has been created to tie in with the previous phases of the Kingswood masterplan.”

The development will include six properties for affordable housing and the architects say the plans will create an area which is safe, with high quality landscaping, paving and tree-planting. Access to the site will be from Surfleet Close.

The £15m Colyers Gardens development, which included 154 properties, saw the first council houses built in Corby for 40 years.

The district auditor’s report said Corby Council agreed to bear the risks related to any overspending or losses connect to the development but failed to make checks before bills were settled.

A full investigation into the matter is now being conducted by the borough council.

The project was a partnership between the Homes and Communities Agency, which provided Kickstart and social housing grants, and developers Bela. Keepmoat, which has submitted the latest planning application, were the contractors for the Colyers Gardens scheme.

Initial planning permission given to demolish a pub, convenience store and sports club to make way for the Surfleet Close development has now expired.