Work has started on a major new development set to bring 3,200 houses and 7,500 new jobs to Wellingborough.
The official ground-breaking ceremony for Stanton Cross, a major development to the east of Wellingborough train station, took place today.
It is set to deliver 3,200 homes, 7,500 new jobs, an improved station, a country park, two primary schools and land for a secondary school, a doctor’s surgery and shopping facilities for Wellingborough and will be the largest growth the town has seen since the 1960s.
Bovis Homes’ regional director John Lougher, Wellingborough Council leader Paul Bell, Peter Bone MP and representatives from project partners were at the station this morning to mark the milestone.
Work will now begin on the infrastructure to kick-start the scheme, including two new roads and two new bridges across the Midland Mainline and the River Ise.
Construction of the first housing areas will follow in 2016.
As well as thousands of new houses and jobs, Stanton Cross will also provide a significant number of jobs a year during construction, 110 hectares of commercial use, two local centres and office development around the station on the east of the train line.
Bovis Homes, South Midlands regional director, John Lougher, said: “Bovis Homes and our partners on this project have worked incredibly hard to bring Stanton Cross to reality.
“We have overcome many obstacles along the way and now look forward to seeing this exciting development deliver new infrastructure, employment and homes for Wellingborough.”
Cllr Paul Bell, leader of Wellingborough Council, said: “I’m delighted that work has started at Stanton Cross.
“This project will put Wellingborough on the map.
“It shows that our borough is thriving and prosperous and able to attract investment and provide opportunities.
“The council has been involved and supportive since day one and will continue to work with partners to ensure the successful delivery of Stanton Cross, and the many benefits it will bring our community.”
The whole development is expected to take between 10 and 15 years to complete.
Steve Hughes, Network Rail Area Director, said: “We are very pleased to play a key part in this exciting development.
“Once complete Stanton Cross will be home to a new community living next to a world class railway offering easy access to London and the north.”
John Markham OBE, chairman of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, said: “NEP is delighted to have secured £9 million of Local Growth Fund to help meet the costs from building the new bridge, which will help unlock this important housing site.
“Stanton Cross will provide new homes, jobs, schools and local services, for the people of Wellingborough which is very welcome.
“This is an excellent day for all of those involved, who have worked very hard to reach this important milestone.”
Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Jim Harker, said: “This is a very important development for Northamptonshire as the growth at Stanton Cross will not only provide much needed housing but will also help invigorate the local economy.
“Over the coming years we will see thousands of new jobs created, new schools built and new leisure facilities developed, all helping to move the county in a positive direction.”
Jake Kelly, managing director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We’re extremely pleased to have worked closely with Bovis and Network Rail on developing the design for the new station to allow the first phase of construction to take place.
“We’re looking forward to work getting underway and will continue to work closely with all our partners to ensure our passengers are kept informed as this exciting development progresses.”
The Stanton Cross development was first considered in 1996.
Following several public exhibitions, consultations, and revised plans, Wellingborough Council granted planning permission in 2008.
For more information about the development go to www.stantoncross.co.uk.