West Northants Development Corporation to close

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The West Northants Development Corporation (WNDC) is due to cease operating on March 31.

The government organised body was set up in December 2004 to oversee the regeneration of west Northants, including Towcester.

This month, legislation will be laid in Parliament for its closure and the transfer of its remaining assets to the local authorities.

Over the past decade, WNDC has been supporting a £1bn regeneration plan, including Towcester’s Moat Lane scheme.

The organisation is now moving from full-scale delivery into a technical closure phase. As part of this process, WNDC’s chief executive Peter Mawson left the corporation at the end of January, having fulfilled his delivery responsibilities.

Mr Mawson said: “In WNDC’s concluding year, our investment activity has reached a five year high, but most importantly so has work on the ground. Eye-catching improvements are underway in all three towns, from Towcester’s Moat Lane scheme to Northampton’s new bus station.

“On a personal note, I have found the last four-and-a-half years working in West Northamptonshire to be a fantastic experience. I am proud to have been part of such an exciting period in the area’s history, and look forward to watching it continue to go from strength to strength”.

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