Kettering shops plan takes shape

An artist's impression of how The Yards development, off Market Street, will look when it is finished

An artist's impression of how The Yards development, off Market Street, will look when it is finished

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More plans for a town centre development aimed at providing small units for independent retailers have been revealed.

The Yards, off Market Street, is located in the former Soans Yard, and construction work began last year.

The Yards, off Market Street, Kettering

The Yards, off Market Street, Kettering

Kettering Council discussed the forthcoming development at a meeting last Wednesday where more details about the scheme were revealed.

Among those were news that the former ambulance station will be converted into a space called The Yards Exchange, where a number of businesses will be able to sell their goods in an area where there is one central till point.

Kettering Council’s economic regeneration manager Alex Jelley said this would mean retailers would not have the risk of renting a store.

He added: “The whole project is connected with other things going on in the town centre.

“For example, the developer also took on the lease of 1 Horsemarket, and part of that has been let out to a gift store and a small part on the corner let out to a sandwich shop.”

Cllr Michael Brown, speaking at the meeting, welcomed the development and said it was a tonic to some ‘hard rhetoric’ about the state of the town centre in recent years.

He added: “I have heard people say that there are too many pound shops and so on. The town centre has really recovered in the last few years and this can only help.”

Planning applications for reserved matters in The Yards are due to be submitted in the next month.