The developer which brought Lidl to Wellingborough has signed up to be part of the Stanton Cross scheme.
Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has signed an agreement with Bovis Homes to be the commercial development partner for the development bringing 3,650 houses to the east of the town.
St. Modwen was behind Wellingborough’s London Road development which includes Lidl, a drive-thru McDonalds, Subway and Starbucks, and will be delivering up to 1.55 million sq ft (108 acres) of commercial space across all non-residential land at Stanton Cross.
The development has outline consent for a mix of commercial uses, including industrial and distribution, offices, retail and leisure.
Rupert Wood, regional director for the Northern Home Counties at St. Modwen, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Bovis Homes on what is a hugely exciting scheme for Wellingborough and the wider area.
“It is a major project for our growing Northern Home Counties region and will provide a significant development pipeline in an area which is seeing economic growth.
“The delivery of the commercial development elements of Stanton Cross will play an integral part in the success of the scheme creating the commercial space to create jobs for the community.
“The excellent connections and the amount of commercial land to develop provides the opportunity to deliver a broad range of commercial space to meet demand from occupiers.
“We very much look forward to working with Bovis Homes and all the partners involved in Stanton Cross to deliver this transformational project.”
Stanton Cross is a £900 million residential-led scheme and will be the largest growth Wellingborough has seen since the 1960s.
It will include 3,650 homes and create more than 3,000 jobs.
Located to the east of Wellingborough Station, the development will also provide new local centres and shops and major improvements to roads and public transport including a new transport hub centred on the upgraded railway station, a country park, schools, and a doctor’s surgery.
Work on new infrastructure to serve Stanton Cross is already under way, including two new roads and two new bridges across the Midland Mainline and River Ise, as well as improvements to Wellingborough Railway Station by Network Rail.
The first residential phase for 379 homes received detailed planning consent in October 2015 and is due to start on site this year.
John Lougher, Bovis Homes Group land director responsible for Stanton Cross, said: “We are delighted to bring St. Modwen on board to deliver the major new commercial facilities at Stanton Cross.
“We look forward to working alongside the St Modwen team and creating vital new leisure, retail and office space for the area.”
The commercial development elements will be delivered by St. Modwen’s Northern Home Counties regional office based in Hemel Hempstead.
Wellingborough Council leader Martin Griffiths said: “The council welcomes the news that an agreement has been signed between St. Modwen and Bovis Homes to deliver the commercial development at Stanton Cross.
“The council has been working in close partnership with Bovis Homes for many years and welcomes the addition of St. Modwen to the team.
“This is an exciting project for the town.
“This news opens up so many exciting opportunities for businesses and the residents of our borough.”
It is anticipated it will take up to 15 years to complete Stanton Cross.