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Located to the east of Wellingborough Station, the development will be the largest growth the town has seen since the 1960s.
Bovis Homes’ Regional Director, John Lougher, Borough Council of Wellingborough Leader, Councillor Paul Bell, Peter Bone MP and representatives from project partners were at Wellingborough Station this morning for the official ground breaking ceremony.
Work will now begin on the vital 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.
When complete Stanton Cross is set to deliver:
• 3,200 residential units
• 7,500 new jobs
• A significant number of jobs a year during construction
• 110 hectares of commercial use
• 9 hectares of leisure use and community facilities
• Country park of 58 hectares
• 2 local centres
• 2 primary schools and land for a secondary school
• New station building and 1,000 space car park
• Office development around the station on the east of the train line.
The whole development is expected to take 10-15 years to complete.
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”.
Thriving and prosperous
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.”
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, Chair of NEP, 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”.
A positive direction
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.”