A town is set to grow by a third after it was announced work on a £500m 3,000-home housing development could start next year.
Wellingborough Council has been waiting more than 15 years to overcome legal hurdles to allow development of the land to the east of Wellingborough train station.
The council granted planning permission to Bovis Homes in 2008, but the plans were hit by delays after an agreement could not be reached with the owner of the land at the main road into the development.
The council used its compulsory purchase powers to acquire the land in April and the project was finally given the green light after the Government confirmed the compulsory purchase order could go ahead. The development will be the largest growth the town has seen since the 1960s.
Cllr Paul Bell, leader of the council, said: “We have been waiting more than 15 years for Stanton Cross to get going. Now we have this land we can get Route 4 built and the whole development is opened up.
“We still have a few minor procedural matters to conclude, and we’ll get that done before Christmas. We expect the land will be formally transferred to Bovis Homes early in the New Year and we’re in talks with them now about the details of the scheme. This is the most exciting project we’ve seen in a long time and represents a huge investment in our borough.”
The development is expected to take 10 to 15 years to complete and will create about 100 jobs a year over the construction period, as well as more than 2,000 permanent jobs once the project is completed.
The first phase will see the building of Station Island – a huge office space development – as well as a new railway station over the line from the existing station, which will be retained.
Paul Boatman, regional projects director for Bovis Homes, said: “We are delighted to have reached this stage in the project and will continue to liaise closely with the council and other organisations as we move into another phase of this development, which will bring huge benefits to the area.
“We are committed to working with local communities and we are keen to listen to the ideas and thoughts of residents as we now take these proposals forward.”