Half a million pounds for infrastructure schemes in Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden
Money linked to 'garden community' developments in north of county
North Northamptonshire Council has secured £500,000 to plan for infrastructure linked to new growth provided by Garden Community developments in the area.
Garden Communities are large-scale new developments that aim to create well-planned, sustainable places for people to live and work.
The latest funding brings the total to more than £5m since 2015.
The council is planning to use the latest funding to undertake technical work on the following projects:
Midland Road, Wellingborough – design of improvements for pedestrians and cyclists on a key link between Stanton Cross and the town centre.
Station Gateway, Wellingborough – masterplan and implementation strategy for the area around the railway station, linking to Midland Road.
River Ise cycle/ footpath links – design work and delivery of improvements along the route in Kettering.
Isham-Wellingborough Improvement – traffic modelling and assessment of options to address constraints on Glenvale Park.
Rushden East Connectivity – a feasibility study for a possible bridge crossing over the A6 to link the development with the town.
Cllr Jason Smithers, leader of the council, said: “We welcome this funding for North Northamptonshire as an important step in developing the infrastructure which is essential for our growing communities.
“We want North Northants to prosper and flourish and be an area that creates great opportunities for our residents, while at the same time being mindful of our environment.
“Garden communities are an innovative way of managing long-term growth and I’m delighted to see these projects moving forward.”
Cllr Steven North, the council’s executive member for regeneration and growth, said: “These developments are among the biggest in the country and, over the next 20 years, will provide over 25,000 new homes and associated jobs and facilities.
“It is a huge undertaking for the council to plan and manage these projects to deliver the high quality development and infrastructure that our communities rightfully expect.
“The funding from the government recognises this. It will enable plans to be worked up for specific schemes, putting us in a good position to bid for the investment needed to deliver them on the ground.”