Action agreed by councillors to help Wellingborough’s Stanton Cross development progress

The launch of the Stanton Cross development earlier this year
The launch of the Stanton Cross development earlier this year

Wellingborough councillors have agreed to use compulsory purchase powers to help the £500 million Stanton Cross development progress.

Land is needed for developer Bovis Homes to build one of the main access roads into the site but negotiations with the lease holder have stalled.

Stanton Cross is very much on track and this is a formality

Cllr Paul Bell

It was recommended at a meeting of the council’s resources committee on Wednesday that the process for a compulsory purchase order (CPO) should be started alongside the continuing negotiations.

Planning permission was granted for the development back in 2008, and the main access points were spilt into two phases.

Last year the council used compulsory purchase powers to help with phase one, by acquiring the land needed for route four – an extension of Midland Road over the railway and into the site.

In order for the development to move into its second phase land is needed to build route 9, which will run from the station to Finedon Road.

As route nine will serve the development and provide essential infrastructure, the council is able to use compulsory powers to acquire the land.

Council leader and chairman of the resources committee, Cllr Paul Bell, said: “We agreed use of CPO powers for the land in principle at a meeting earlier this year.

“In line with guidance, we met with both the lease owner and Bovis Homes to try and facilitate an agreement between the two parties. Discussions have so far been unsuccessful.

“It can take a long time to work through the CPO process, so the committee was asked on Wednesday evening to recommend making the order alongside continued efforts to secure the land by agreement.

“Stanton Cross is very much on track and this is a formality, a process we need to have started in case it’s needed.

“People in Wellingborough have been waiting a long time for this development to start and the council has been involved and supportive of the project since day one.

“It’s an exciting time for our borough.”

Stanton Cross was officially launched in March this year.

Work has now started on the project, with preparations taking place for the construction of route four.

When complete, the project will provide more than 3,000 homes, up to 7,500 new jobs, an enhanced train station, a country park, schools, doctors, and business and shopping facilities.

All costs incurred by the council in relation to the CPO will be funded by the developer.

The recommendation of the resources committee to begin the CPO process will now go to a meeting of the full council on July 21.