Name for 5,500-home development to the east of Kettering revealed

An artist's impression of the new school, which is due to open in September

An artist's impression of the new school, which is due to open in September

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The 5,500-home development to the east of Kettering will be known as Hanwood Park.

The new name has been revealed as work progresses on the development, which will provide 5,500 homes as well as four primary schools, a secondary school, parks and business areas once it is completed.

The latest newsletter produced by Kettering Council to keep people up to date with the development, which had been known as East Kettering up until now, says: “The name has historic significance as it recognises the now extinct manor of Barton Hanred, which neighboured Barton Seagrave.

“However, it also introduces the concepts of park and wood to reflect the extensive amount of open space that is designed into the new development.

“The developers will use this new name to market the area as it is built.”

The name has been revealed as work nears completion on the first primary school serving the development, Hayfield Cross Primary School, which is due to open in September.

Rooms for Key Stage 2 are complete, Key Stage 1 and Reception classrooms are having the final checks and the offices are being finished. The hall flooring is being laid and the kitchen has been installed.

It is hoped everything will be finished in time for the school’s opening day on September 4.

At the helm will be headteacher Craig Charteris and he will be joined by Jess Hardie and Shelley Priestley as assistant headteachers.

Anyone wanting to get further information about the Hanwood Park development can attend the next meeting of East Kettering Liaison Forum, which is taking place on September 24 at the Kettering Council offices.