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Views sought on estate investment

The views of residents of four estates in Northampton are being sought to help decide which areas should be included in a £100m government scheme.

Earlier this year Northampton Borough Council submitted a bid for £208m of investment in the Bellinge, Blackthorn, Eastfield and Thorplands estates.

But in July the government said that £100m could be spent and that Eastfield and one other estate would be included.

The council wants to hear resident's views on which other estate to include.

'Fantastic' chance

The money will be provided through a government private finance initiative (PFI) scheme run by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Councillor Sally Beardsworth, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for housing, said: "The government's criteria for this funding is to bring about transformational change.

"To have the chance of new money for social housing is fantastic.

"The government has already indicated that Eastfield should be included in our final bid, but we now have the difficult decision of deciding on which other estate to include."

Public exhibitions open to all residents, schools and businesses will take place in each of the four estates over the next few weeks.

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