Posted on Feb 18, 2020
Two green spaces, spanning a total of 115 acres, are set to feature at the heart of Stanton Cross in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, after planning consent was granted for the Town and Country Parks which form a key part of the green infrastructure within the major new urban extension.
The River Ise runs north to south through and alongside the significant area of new linear parkland, which will provide multi-functional recreational space at the £1 billion residential-led Stanton Cross development.
The 44-acre Town Park will have an open parkland character. It will feature an appropriately-designed NEAP (Neighbourhood Equipped Area for Play) and kick-about space, along with a dedicated area to act as a venue for summer events while also providing space for formal recreation. Specimen tree planting will create and retain stunning views across the valley, while a mix of native and ornamental planting will be sympathetically integrated within the existing landscape.
In contrast, the 71-acre Country Park will retain the naturalness of the existing landscape, with a network of informal green spaces, and its riverside features. New paths will weave through the landscape to allow the public to explore the local environment and wildlife. There will also be open, accessible areas of grassland, enclosed or framed by tree planting, as well as a new play area integrated into the north-west of the Country Park.
The green spaces will be intersected by Driver Way – a recently completed road which provides a new link between the town of Wellingborough and its existing road network, and Irthlingborough Road and Finedon Road – both located within the Stanton Cross site.
A series of green links have been planned for the Town and Country Parks, including an extensive network of footpaths and cycle links, to provide connectivity with the wider development. Additionally, there will be low level crossings over the River Ise to provide greater accessibility.
The first phase of the programme of works is expected to get underway in spring 2020.
Lee Barrett, divisional operations director at Bovis Homes, responsible for Stanton Cross, said: “The delivery of the Town and Country Parks are absolutely integral to our vision of a vibrant and sustainable new community at Stanton Cross, and securing planning consent for this significant element of the scheme represents an important milestone for all those involved.
“The parks will provide the principal green space at the development, creating an easily accessible focal point at the heart of the community for people to meet, relax and play, while also providing habitats for wildlife and a well thought-through planting scheme that complements the existing landscape. As progress at Stanton Cross continues to gather momentum and new residents move into their new homes at the development, we look forward to putting this area of Northamptonshire on the map as a thriving new community.”
Cllr Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough – the planning authority which approved the application, added: “The green areas will enhance the Stanton Cross development by providing our residents, both new and existing, with dedicated open space to enjoy time outdoors, and will help to seamlessly transition the site into the surrounding countryside and to extend Wellingborough’s green corridor which we value and cherish.”
Stanton Cross is a £1 billion residential-led development to the east of Wellingborough which will eventually include 3,650 new homes, alongside new leisure and retail amenities and commercial space – including offices, industrial space and a trade park.
The development recently surpassed its 100th property sale and completed major infrastructure works with Driver Way, Midland Road and Roundhouse Way opened to the public in November 2019. Initial works on Route 2 – which will see the construction of a new, improved bridge over the railway line and provide an improved link to the A45 – will begin with the construction of the new rail bridge in 2020.