Major planning developments in the district

Deenethorpe Airfield Garden Village

The Government has announced that the proposed “Garden Village” at Deenethorpe Airfield is one of 14 schemes across the country that will share £6 million funding plus ongoing support from the Homes and Communities Agency. This will help East Northamptonshire Council work with the landowner in preparing a detailed masterplan and delivery strategy. It will pay for extra staff capacity, specialist advice including design and viability, community engagement, and various studies.

The proposal for an exemplary new Garden Village is being promoted by the Deene Estate, which has owned the land for over 500 years. The new village, including up to 1,500 homes, community facilities, shops, business premises and generous green spaces, would occupy part of the 600 acre airfield site located between the villages of Deenethorpe and Benefield to the east of Corby. The Deene Estate has brought together a team of designers and consultants and is working alongside East Northamptonshire Council and the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit (NNJPU). The aim is to consult local people on the masterplan between July and September  2017.

The idea of creating a Garden Village at the airfield was tested through the preparation of the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (the strategic policy framework for the local authority areas of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough). This was adopted in July 2016 following various stages of consultation, and an examination by an independent Inspector. Policy 14 of the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) identifies the opportunity to create an exemplary Garden Village and sets out demanding standards for its design and operation.

The JCS can be viewed online and at libraries and main council offices. The material provided by the Deene Estate at the JCS examination is available online.

The Council is working to ensure that the Garden Village proposal is of the highest possible standard of design and sustainability and addresses concerns and opportunities identified by local communities. The masterplan will be subject to full public consultation and, if it meets the requirements of JCS Policy 14, will provide the basis for a planning application by the end of 2017.

New working name for the Garden Village

The Deene Estate has requested that the proposed Deenethorpe Airfield Garden Village should be known as Tresham Village. This is based on the historic links between the Brudenell and Tresham families (Sir Thomas Tresham’s daughter Mary married Thomas Brudenell in the early 1600s and spent many years living at Deene Park). East Northamptonshire Council supports this choice of name and is inviting comments from interested parties. As with any proposals to name a development, the purpose of this consultation is to make sure that the name chosen by the promoter is not offensive, misleading or likely to cause confusion (rather than to invite alternative suggestions). It is important to emphasise that giving a working name to the proposed Garden Village does not prejudge the outcome of the planning application process that is to come.

Any comments on the proposal to call the proposal Tresham Village should be made by the 30 April, by e-mail to or post to the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, C/o East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston NN14 4LZ.

Further information will be published on this website and anyone wishing to receive information direct can register an interest with the Joint Planning Unit by email or telephone 01832 742358. Alongside this, parties interested in self or custom build opportunities on site can register an interest via this webpage.

The general location of the proposed Garden Village is outlined in the below map. For further understanding, a 360 degree panoramic aerial imagery of the site is available to view also.


More information

  1. Deenethorpe Airfield Garden Village (you are here)
  2. Rushden Sustainable Urban Extension
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