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Corby is 'fastest-growing' town, figures show

8 February 10 13:53 GMT

The town of Corby in Northamptonshire has the fastest growing population in England and Wales, according to new figures.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) based its findings on the number of council taxpayers in the borough.

They show that the number of average Band D council taxpayers in Corby has risen 9% between 2006/07 and 2009/10.

Kettering showed the third highest increase (6.4%) of any local authority.

Pat Fawcett, leader of Corby Borough Council, said: "The council's ambition is to double the population of Corby by 2030 and so the news that our growth rate is the fastest in England and Wales is just excellent."

'Challenging conditions'

Corby has recently received funding to regenerate the town, which has paid for a new swimming pool, train station and a £40m civic centre.

In December the Kickstart programme announced finding for more than 640 new homes to be built in the borough.

Simon Evans, chief executive of the North Northamptonshire Development Company, said: "These statistics show that the town is continuing to make positive progress despite challenging economic conditions."

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