Vision of the future
NEARLY 1,000 jobs could be created and a university brought to the area as part of two new plans revealing a massive expansion of Kettering and Corby, North Northamptonshire, England.
At least £100m is expected to be pumped into the two town centres over the next five years, with private investment set to double the amount.
And both towns could be vying to attract the same big name High Street departments stores, with the possibility of Debenhams coming to the area.
Developers yesterday unveiled the second phase of its town centre development plans, with an £80m investment likely to create 600 jobs.
The scheme will build on the £35m Willow Place shopping centre due to open in October. An 80,000 sq ft department store will be the jewel in the crown of the second-phase development, which will include 20 shops and quality flats.
Kettering revealed its plans aim to attract two nationally-recognised retailers to the area, developing the plan over four years and creating up to 300 jobs.
Kettering Council's deputy chief executive Strategic Management Team - Martin Hammond said: "We want Kettering to remain ahead of Corby Town Centre and Wellingborough. We want the town to be the shopping centre for north Northants."
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