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SEMLEP welcomes Garden Communities funding

20 March 2015

SEMLEP has pledged its support for this week’s budget announcement which has set aside £750,000 of ‘Garden Communities’ funding for North Northamptonshire.

The funding will be used to help deliver responsible, managed and infrastructure-led growth across the North of Northamptonshire, to include housing, education, leisure, transport, retail and business growth.

Hilary Chipping, Head of Infrastructure at SEMLEP, said: “We welcome this funding which will support the strong partnership of local authorities to deliver the essential enabling infrastructure for sustainable development in this area. We look forward to working closely with our local authorities on this project.”

The announcement followed a bid recently submitted by Kettering Borough Council to the Government on behalf of a partnership of local councils comprising the Borough and District Councils of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Wellingborough and Northamptonshire County Council.

The funding provided by the Government will be used to help fund joint delivery arrangements, overseen by a joint committee of councillors across North Northamptonshire that will coordinate the delivery of the sustainable urban extensions and related infrastructure. The joint delivery unit is modelled on the highly successful North Northamptonshire joint planning unit which has been in place for 10 years.

The announcement by the Government followed a visit last week by Brandon Lewis, the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, in which he met Leaders and Chief Executives of local councils in North Northamptonshire and Northamptonshire County Council.

At this visit they discussed progress on growth issues and outlined the future ambitions for North Northamptonshire in order to help inform government policy and provide support for communities in managing the impact of housing growth in the future.

Leader of Kettering Borough Council, Councillor Russell Roberts said: “It is important to remember that whilst we did not invent the growth agenda, it is something that we have agreed to manage. We are working hard with our partners to ensure the quality of developments and the provision of infrastructure and to secure the best possible result for the local area.  The Growth Communities funding that has been announced today will help us collectively work together to deliver growth in a responsible and managed way.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

A collaborative approach to growth

Through a shared planning policy framework over the last ten years, Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire Councils  have developed a collaborative proposition on the delivery of new  homes across the North of the County, with four major urban extensions consented:-

Kettering                                 5,500

Corby                                       5,100

Wellingborough (Site 1)          3,100

 Wellingborough (Site 2)         3,000

                                                16,700

East Northamptonshire Council is looking at the possibility of a further urban extension, Rushden East, being included in the planning framework, which will give them full membership of the joint arrangements.  Northamptonshire County Council will also be members of the joint committee and delivery unit. 

The five authorities, led byKettering, have submitted a bid for capacity fund money to support the establishment of a joint delivery committee.

The authorities in the North of the County and the County Council are working closely with developers in order to help secure the best offer for housing locally.

 

 

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