West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC)
Category: Executive agency
Established by government in 2004, we one of only three Urban Development Corporations in the UK and the only one outside London. We have a wide range of powers including:
Investment – So far WNDC has invested over £70 million in the regeneration of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester, with major regeneration schemes underway in all three town centres.
Development – WNDC has a range of specialist development powers, including the ability to acquire, manage and sell land and property, together with powers to develop, invest and provide business support.
Planning – WNDC previously had the responsibility to determine strategic planning applications in its area of operation. During our time as a planning authority, we approved over 6,000 new homes and nearly 2 million sq m of commercial development, creating thousands of new jobs. In April 2012, these planning powers were transferred to the local authorities.