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How will Northamptonshire grow?
A housing estate
Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough are expected to grow considerably

Thousands of homes are planned across Northamptonshire over the next few decades.

The Government targeted the county as one of four growth areas in the South East.

BBC Northampton are holding a debate to help people understand just what this will mean over the coming years.

If you live in a town centre or village, run a local business or are just confused about the whole planning process, we want to hear from you.


In recent years, Corby has probably seen more regeneration than anywhere else in the county.

It's had thousands of new houses, a new shopping centre, a railway station and a new swimming pool.

Due to open next year is the Corby Cube, which will house council offices, theatre and library.

At the 'topping out' ceremony in June, the local MP Phil Hope, who is also the government minister for the East Midlands, praised the effect regeneration is having on Corby:

"We are now being looked on as leading the way. Our town is becoming the jewel in the crown of Northamptonshire."

Get involved

Richard and Annabel will hosting a debate to try to find answers to your questions.

They will be asking a panel of guests which will include Simon Evans, Chief Executive of NNDC, Sally Keeble, Northampton North MP and Roger Kingston from Northampton Residents' Alliance, about the new plans.

If you have questions about infrastructure, doubts about losing the countryside or feel strongly that this is what Northamptonshire needs then we would like you to be part of the discussion.

The event will take place at Sunley Management Centre, University of Northampton on Wednesday 9th September.

Doors open at 1900 with the debate starting at 1930.

Please book your place early by calling 01604 239100 as there are a limited number of seats.

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