Government announces it will invest millions in East Kettering development

Warkton fields looking towards Stamford Road in Kettering, where Kettering East development will be
Warkton fields looking towards Stamford Road in Kettering, where Kettering East development will be

Millions of pounds in funding to help the East Kettering development get off the ground has been announced by the Government.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said yesterday (Thursday, June 26) that £14.5 million was being given in order to unlock the first 1,750 new homes of the proposed extension.

The DCLG says the investment will pay for key access road infrastructure, sewerage works and other site preparation to enable the first phase of the development to get underway.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said: “The resurgence in house building is clear evidence that the Government’s long-term economic plan is working, but there is still more to do.

“The investment we’re announcing today will help us meet this challenge by driving up the supply of new homes in every corner of the housing market. From new places for rent to people designing to those building their own properties – we will support and deliver the homes this country needs.”

Kettering East will bring 5,500 new homes to the borough, and politicians and campaigners have called for roads in the area to be improved in order to deal with the development and the nearby Kettering Energy Park.

The grant announced yesterday comes from the Local Infrastructure Fund, with schemes invited to bid for cash.

As well as the Kettering East announcement, the DCLG announced money for housing schemes in Manchester, Swindon and Medway, Kent.