Wellingborough Prison site could be sold for housing

Wellingborough Prison
Wellingborough Prison

Initial investigations have been made into a former prison site being used for hundreds of houses.

Commercial property consultant GVA was instructed by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to make a screening opinion request to Wellingborough Council about the former HMP Wellingborough site.

Its request, submitted to the authority in December, says the site could ‘deliver approximately 300 dwellings’.

The GVA letter states: “GVA is instructed by the Ministry of Justice to provide town planning and property advice in respect of HMP Wellingborough.

“The MOJ wishes to understand the scope of information that would need to be submitted in support of an outline planning application for residential development on the prison site.

“It is anticipated that, if such an outline application is submitted, all matters of detail would be reserved for subsequent approval by the local planning authority with the exception of means of access into the site.”

A screening opinion aims to identify projects which are likely to have significant effects on the environment and means developers can obtain a clear view from the planning authority on the need for any assessments needed before submitting their application.

In response to GVA’s request, the council responded on January 8 and said: “It is unlikely the proposed development will have markedly greater impact than the existing surrounding uses.”

A Prison Service spokesman said: “We are considering future uses for the former Wellingborough Prison site. No final decisions have been made.”