Council beats target for building more homes in Wellingborough

More than 900 new homes have been approved in the borough in the past three years

By Stephanie Weaver
Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 11:20 am

Housing delivery across Wellingborough has increased year on year for the past three years with more than 900 homes approved.

It means Wellingborough Council has passed the government’s Housing Delivery Test.

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Delivery is assessed against a Government formula for housing requirements, and housing delivery for the past three years has been 274 homes (2017/18), 341 homes (2018/19) and 360

homes (2019/20).

The annual delivery rate has increased for the third consecutive year.

This gives Wellingborough Council a score of 105 per cent, which is above the 100 per cent score required by the government.

Council leader Cllr Martin Griffiths said: “I am delighted that new homes are coming forward at an increased rate within the borough and along with those homes comes the important infrastructure to support our residents and communities.

"This improvement has happened as a result of the work and decisions of the planning committee and the planning teams, and the commitment of our partners, and the contributions of applicants and their agents.

"There has been significant housing delivery across the borough over the three-year period covered – including much needed affordable homes in our urban extensions at Stanton Cross

and Glenvale Park.

"Further progress is expected when we consider other applications approved recently within the town and in a number of the villages within our borough."

And Cllr Griffiths added: “I have been heartened over the past year at the way many applicants have submitted planning applications which will enable future delivery to increase further thereby supporting the local economy, and providing the opportunities of new housing for local people – whether they are looking for outright purchase, getting their foot on the property ladder through shared ownership, or requiring a home set at an affordable rent.”

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