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WELCOME TO THE CORBY PROJECTS THREAD

(The previous thread was lost when the site was hacked, so i'm starting again)

Corby is undergoing a period of extensive regeneration, that will last until 2031, by which time the population should be nearer to 100,000 than the current 53,174. On this thread, you'll find news and photographs relating to Corby's regeneration and where possible, the photographs will be done as timelines.

KEEP AN EYE ON THIS FIRST PAGE AS I WILL POST PHOTO UPDATES INTO EXISTING POSTS RATHER THAN CREATING NEW ONES

Let's kick things off...

Oakley Vale Shopping Precinct and Pub

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Government Gives Green Light To Priors Hall (from Catalyst Corby website)

26 July 2005

Major Growth will boost Corby and North Northamptonshire

Bee Bee Developments has welcomed the news that the Government has given Corby Borough Council the go-ahead to approve plans for a major sustainable expansion of Corby at Priors Hall. The decision was taken by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott MP and announced by ODPM Minister Baroness Andrews, who visited Corby today.

Commenting on the announcement, Alfred Buller, of Bee Bee Developments, said:

“This is wonderful news and will enable us to begin work on this exciting project over the coming months.

“Today’s announcement has reconfirmed the Government’s decision to bring forward new housing and employment opportunities in this region.

“The scale of the application is awesome and the support we have had to date in getting this far is principally down to the efforts of Catalyst Corby and Corby Borough Council. The challenge is to use it as a constructive stepping stone, not only to kick start the vital regeneration of Corby, but also to deliver growth throughout North Northamptonshire, so that the aspirations of the Sustainable Communities Plan can be fully realised.

“A marked change in attitude with regard to housing numbers can be delivered in this area with the continued support of the Government. The four Boroughs of Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants can all benefit from the massive economic generator this construction and employment activity constitutes.

“The region as a whole can be galvanised into one of the most exciting places in the UK over the next ten years.”

Bob Lane, Chief Executive of Catalyst Corby added:

"This is very positive news and further underlines the high quality proposals that are in place for Priors Hall. This development will play a major role in the long-term regeneration and growth of Corby and judging by the increased interest from retailers in the town centre, it is already having a knock on effect."
 

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Dinp, you seem to have a lot of town pride--which is fine--but surely you can't get all gooey-eyed over a new generic chain pub? All this sprawl that you are reporting on is hideous, bland and uninspired. :bash:
 

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Dinp, you seem to have a lot of town pride--which is fine--but surely you can't get all gooey-eyed over a new generic chain pub? All this sprawl that you are reporting on is hideous, bland and uninspired. :bash:
I am full of town pride yes but far from gooey-eyed over the new pub. I'm just pleased that I now have a local that is close, pleasant and not extortionately priced. Its soon to be joined by a small shopping parade (completed, waiting for Tesco, Pizza Hut and others to move in) which will complete the 'local centre'.

I don't know what extortionately high expectations people on this forum have of their pubs - presumably a Liskbekind or Richard Rogers design, but I think its as pleasant as a neighbourhood pub can be. This isnt the place for exploratory architecture.

The sprawl I am posting on here is replacing far worse structures, mostly from the 60's and 70's, where the only good thing to emerge was functionality.

Corby is only a small town of 53,174 people (2001 census) so don't expect world beating designs, supertalls and congestion charging. We aren't London, or any other city for that matter.

What the regeneration of Corby is about is complying with the requirements of the Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub Regional Study (MKSM SRS) in terms of expansion (16,800 new homes by 2021) and regenerating the borough in the process

This focuses primarily on the town centre's regeneration, but also on the existing housing stock, community regeneration and spectrum of businesses locating within the town.

This all started back in 2001 and the changes are now starting to become visible. The town centre is currently being redeveloped, new offices and logistics parks are being built (and pre-let) and the government office has not called in the Priors Hall scheme, which will provide up to 5,100 new homes and the Foster and Partners designed city academy.

Public transport improvements have resulted in a 200% surge in bus customers and the crime-ridden Kingswood estate will be partly demolished beginning next month.

There's more to regeneration than wank-tastic design and the quality of designs will improve as the regeneration cycle progresses. Were in phase one, so watch this space - things are only going to get better.

If you want skyscrapers, look in the city threads. If you want holistic regeneration, then keep your eyes firmly here. This is Projects and Construction after all, which is what i'm providing info on.

That is all.
 

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Dimp is every thing on this pic being demolished and whats the new project look like.btw are those peoples houses next the famous cinema cube why are the living there are they being demolished thanx.
 

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Only the cinema cube and grey slab building are being demolished, the flats are remaining sadly. However, this is only phase one of the town centre development, which will do its job in terms of creating a decent ground floor shopping environment, currently lacking in the area.

I have the plans for the new project (phase 1) but am not allowed to post them on here until the revised designs are approved. Its very flat, but far more pleasant than the current environment.

When I can post them, I will, promise!
 

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THE long-awaited transformation of Corby town centre could be a step closer.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's announcement – that it could be giving £9m towards the Parklands Gateway – has delighted Corby Council and regeneration company Catalyst Corby, which have been leading the multi-million pound project.

Corby Council leader Pat Fawcett said: "This is just fantastic news. We have had lots of good news in Corby over the past few years but this is just mega.
"Things are really moving now and, what with the redevelopment of the shopping centre, things are looking very good."

The £60m gateway which will be built on land in George Street, currently home to the Willows Arts Centre and the swimming pool, will include a pool and leisure complex, theatre, a college and a civic building – the civic hub – which will house council offices, a register office and library. There will also be some housing and restaurants and cafes.

The £9m Government grant, if given, will largely be put towards building the civic hub, which is estimated to cost about £35m.

Corby Council has pledged £10m, as has English Partnerships, the East Midlands Development agency will give £5m and the county council had agreed £5m for a library.

The hub will be the shape of a cube and have glass sides. Catalyst Corby chief executive Bob Lane said: "This is fantastic news for everyone living and working in Corby. The Government clearly understands the vital role Parkland Gateway will play in transforming Corby town centre and has consequently earmarked the project a significant share of funding.
"We will now be working with other project partners to ensure the final proposals for Parkland Gateway receive approval so that work can begin, as scheduled, in 2006."

Designers are now in the process of drawing up detailed plans.

As well as the civic complex, work began at the start of the summer on Willows Place, a £35m complex near to the Littlewoods store in Anne Street.
 

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Growth bodies in Corby locked in merger talks

Planning Resource - 23 September 2005

Urban regeneration company Catalyst Corby and growth delivery vehicle North Northants Together (NNT) are holding merger talks.


The initiative for the talks comes from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, keen to streamline growth delivery bodies and reduce unnecessary expenditure.

The proposals reflect the overlapping roles of the two teams and economic problems faced by NNT.

A spokesman for Catalyst Corby said: "There is no sense in overlapping. The initiative could build on the URC's experience and success to widen the growth area machinery, he said.

But Corby regeneration would "remain the first priority", he added.

Nigel Smith, chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' regeneration panel, said: "It's a very sound move." "The URC is up and running with plenty of experience and NNT is very under-resourced."

A senior figure involved in the Northamptonshire growth agenda said: "It is never going to work that well to have a company working in an area encompassed by a URC initiative.

"It's a question of resources. The economy, local politics and circumstances in Corby make the move sensible."
 

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Corby rail service to return, believes MP

Regeneration & Renewal - 16 September 2005

The restoration of a rail service to Corby may be just a few years away after skills minister Phil Hope said last week he is "confident" a rail link between the town and London will be revived.


Corby is the largest town in Britain without a rail service, but Hope, who is the local MP, said he believes that a service to St Pancras will be included in the new franchise for the Midland Mainline.

All rail franchises are up for renewal in 2007. Corby has lacked a passenger station for more than two decades and has been without a direct link to London since 1967.

But in an interview with Regeneration & Renewal at the urban regeneration companies' conference in Corby, Hope said he believed that a feasibility study underway into the viability of a new passenger service would be likely to back the reopening of the station.

The minister said he hopes the service will be part of the package tendered to private bidders in 2007. If it is included, the winning bidder would be obliged to provide a service to the former steel town.
 

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Top firm may bring 1,000 jobs to site

A DEVELOPER has confirmed it is negotiating with "a major British company" which could bring 1,000 jobs.

Bee Bee Developments and Astral Developments submitted an outline application in January to build a £200m rail freight development on Stanion Lane Plantation. A new plan has been put in this week.

Aldred Drummond, of Bee Bee Developments, said: "What we have done is submitted an application at the beginning of the year for the entire site and in the interim a major national operator has come forward so we have submitted a detailed application for about half the site.

"We have had a requirement from them for a specific building."

Although Mr Drummond said he could not yet confirm the name of the company, he called it a major British firm.

He said: "They will bring about 1,000 jobs and a good number of those will be office jobs because their national distribution will be run from Corby. "It's a major shot in the arm for Corby because these are very good jobs and the great thing about this is these are very definite jobs."

Mr Drummond said he was now hoping for the application to be approved before Christmas.

Bob Lane, chairman of Catalyst Corby, the company charged with the regeneration of the town, welcomed the news. He said: "We are very strongly in support of the work going on to bring new jobs and it is very important we can attract better quality jobs, in particular office employment, to the town. "In our regeneration framework we identified this as one of the best sites to create employment in Corby. "However, we are aware that any development of this site will be sensitive and development proposals will need to include measures to cope with any disturbance to wildlife in the area."

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