Picture from left to right: John Lougher – Managing Director, South Midlands, Bovis Homes, John Campbell – Chief Executive, Wellingborough Council, Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Cllr Paul Bell, Leader of Wellingborough Council.
The Stanton Cross development has secured funding towards the delivery a new road bridge over the Midland Mainline railway which will help deliver major new housing and business developments to the east of Wellingborough.
The investment, which comes as part of a £67.3 million growth deal for the whole county, was announced by Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who visited the site to announce millions of pounds of government money for the scheme.
When asked what the funding means for residents of Wellingborough, Mr Pickles said: “It means houses, it means development, and it means somewhere people can be proud of. I think people will be very pleased with this and it will create somewhere that people want to live.”
The development at Stanton Cross will be the largest growth the town has seen since the 1960s. It will include 3,200 new homes, as well as shops, schools, office space, a town park and local centre. Major improvements to roads and public transport infrastructure will also take place.
John Lougher, Managing Director of South Midlands Region at Bovis Homes, said: “‘We very much welcome the Government’s funding for Stanton Cross. It will help us start to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs for Wellingborough and Northamptonshire, providing a major boost to the wider economy. The work of our partners, the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, and Northamptonshire County Council has been instrumental in us securing the funding.”
The Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough Paul Bell, said: “This is fantastic news and provides a major boost in confidence. It shows that Wellingborough is open for business.”
Preparation work is already being completed on site with the whole development expected to take 10-15 years to complete, creating around 100 jobs a year over the construction period, as well as more than 7,500 additional permanent jobs once the project is completed.