'An interesting document from 2004. Fine words but little action' Phil Sawford
Phil Sawford

‘A New Heart for Desborough’

A document, produced by Kettering Borough Council in 2004, offered an exciting vision for the future of the town centre

What was the vision? (the list below is taken from the document)

  • Improved street lighting
  • Improvements to public transport in the town
  • Higher quality new development and new architectural image
  • Better parking including on-street parking
  • Provision of a family pub and other facilities
  • More green areas/parks
  • A new public square and better area for the market
  • A new public/civic building
  • Leisure facilities for the young including cafe
  • Better pedestrian environment
  • Provide for a railway station
  • Improvement grants and resources
  • Create a framework plan
  • Protect retail units and maximise potential of Station Road
  • Improve town centre retail offer including new supermarket and develop factory shops complex
  • Develop derelict sites
  • Locate police station in town centre
  • New market square with public art
  • Landmark community building marking entrance into the core of the town (library, council offices, police station)

For technical reasons it is not possible to reproduce the document on this website but it is available on the Desborough Town Council website if you want to have a look (click on the link below)

Desborough Town Centre Urban Design Framework (14/01/2004)




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