The government has announced that West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) will continue
The government has announced that West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) will continue the delivery of jobs, homes and investment across the west of Northamptonshire.
[UKPRwire, Fri Jan 15 2010] The government has announced that West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) will continue the delivery of jobs, homes and investment across the west of Northamptonshire.
“The regeneration and sustainable growth of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester … will benefit from a stronger, more focussed UDC working closely with local authorities and communities,” said Ian Austin, Regeneration Minister.
This follows a government review of three Urban Development Corporations, which were established five years ago to deliver growth and regeneration in London, Thurrock, and West Northamptonshire.
Recognising the progress that has already been made in the area, the government has announced a future for WNDC as a ‘strategic’ and ‘delivery focused’ organisation. It will continue to deliver major infrastructure projects and regeneration of the town centres of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester.
Alongside this, WNDC will determine planning applications for large-scale development in its area of operation.
The Corporation will focus on major schemes, with planning powers returning to the local authorities on a phased basis. From April 2011, the threshold for residential planning applications determined by WNDC will be raised from 50 units to 200 units.
WNDC chief executive Peter Mawson said: “This decision is excellent news. It reflects the progress that has been made so far in the delivery of jobs, homes and investment across the area.
During the past five years, we have invested over £60 million in local communities, ranging from award winning new roads and flood defences to town centre regeneration.
But this activity is just the start of a long term plan. Working with the local authorities, we will continue delivering the transformation of the area.
Our priorities include a redevelopment of the waterside area of Northampton, as well as the regeneration of Northampton’s Castle station, providing a modern new gateway to the town.”
Regeneration Minister, Ian Austin, responsible for regeneration in West Northamptonshire, said: “The regeneration and sustainable growth of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester remains an important priority and will benefit from a stronger, more focused UDC working closely with local authorities and communities.
These new arrangements keep the focus on delivering new homes and jobs for local people but help improve working arrangements with delivery partners to make efficiencies and savings and give more responsibility to local communities.”
The government has recognised that partnership working is pivotal to the successful growth and regeneration of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester. WNDC will be working very closely with the local authorities as well as other public agencies such as Northamptonshire Enterprise Limited.
This collaborative approach will be part of a wider effort to improve efficiency and generate cost savings. Planning ahead, WNDC will work with the local authorities to explore options for a new kind of delivery vehicle which could assume WNDC’s responsibilities from 2013/14 onwards.