West Northamptonshire Development Corporation

West Northamptonshire Development Corporation

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The West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) is an urban Development Corporation set up to cover parts of Northamptonshire in England, by the United Kingdom government in December 2004. WNDC was set up by the Secretary of State under the provisions of the Local Government Planning and Land Act 1980 and has an explicit objective "to secure the regeneration of its area". The Act provides that it may do so in a number of different ways including making decisions on planning applications. It is one of three existing urban development corporations in the United Kingdom and the only one outside London.

WNDC covers the three defined "Urban Development Areas" of Daventry, Towcester and Northampton. The corporation received its full Development Control powers on 6 April 2006.

Following the establishment of the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government in May 2010 the role of WNDC is uncertain following the removal by the new government of the "Regional Spatial Strategy". The positions of West Northants Joint Planning Unit, and the North Northants Development Corporation are also uncertain.


They have a wide range of powers at their disposal, these powers include:

  • Investment - As of July 2010 they have invested over £70 million in the regeneration of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester, with major regeneration schemes happening in all three town...... ...
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