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Northamptonshire to benefit from £15m housing grant

Major housing growth is set to take place in North Northamptonshire thanks to a £15 million funding boost. The money is being made available through the Local Infrastructure Fund (LIF) and will see the construction of 5,500 new homes. On top of this, new schools, a health centre, a supermarket, shops and leisure facilities will also be created. Thanks to the announcement, plans for the first 1,750 homes are underway and sustainable drainage systems are also going to be installed as the project seeks to be environmentally friendly. Louise Wyman, lead for large sites in the Home and Community Agency (HCA), Midlands, said the body is working closely with Kettering Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council and developers Alledge Brook to "align priorities and ensure maximum investment"."We're actively engaged in the ambitions for growth in this part of the Midlands and we continue to support this through targeted alignment of government investment, HCA programmes and local funding," she added.The scheme is a priority within the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership's strategic economic plan.Martin Hammond, deputy chief executive of Kettering Borough Council, thinks the funding being provided is absolutely crucial to the area, as without it there would have been difficulties in proceeding with the project. It is the latest piece of good news for the Midlands area, as around 5,000 new homes are also being built in Corby thanks to the LIF. Government intervention through the Get Britain Building programme has made this possible."Over the next 12 to 14 months we will really start to see a transformation of the site," said Alan Wordie from developers Alledge Brook. His firm has been involved in the area since 2006 and is sure people will be happy to see the plans come to fruition. Construction work is expected to get underway later this summer.  

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