Major housing development in Wellingborough moves a step closer

The development site
The development site

Plans have gone in for the first stage of houses to be built as part of a £400m development to the north of Wellingborough.

Outline planning permission for the Wellingborough North development was granted by the Secretary of State back in February 2010.

The go-ahead gave consent for up to 3,000 homes, shops, schools, a nursery, offices, health centre, community centre and parks, as well as space reserved for new road improvements between Isham and Wellingborough.

A reserved matters application has now been submitted to the borough council for 182 dwellings for Phase 1A of the major scheme. Documents issued as part of the application state: “Phase 1A is the first residential element of the North Wellingborough Urban Extension scheme to be delivered and to which this residential reserved matters application refers.

“Development of the approved North Wellingborough scheme will take several years to complete, and will be brought forward in phases.

“Phase 1A – the first part of the Phase 1 area – is the first stage in this delivery and comprises land immediately north of Niort Way west of the A509.”

If approved, these houses will be built on land just off Niort Way between Gleneagles Drive and Harrowden Road.

Speaking after the council agreed to sell 66 acres of its land needed to kick-start the development in September 2013, council leader Paul Bell said the Wellingborough North development would bring benefits for the whole borough with construction work, additional employment, education and leisure.

A spokesman for Wellingborough Council said the authority is hoping to make a decision on the planning application for 182 houses in the spring.

To see the application in full, go online.