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Tribute to Northants history as proposed Garden Village is named

Published Thursday, 16 March 2017

One of the area’s most famous historical families will be remembered in the naming of a new garden village near Deenethorpe.

Tresham Village is the name chosen by the landowners for the proposed community of up to 1500 homes, associated facilities, shops, business premises and generous green spaces, all built on part of the 600 acre airfield site located between the villages of Deenethorpe and Benefield in East Northamptonshire.

The project is one of 14 schemes across the country that will share £6 million funding plus ongoing support from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency. This is to help East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) work with the landowner (Brudenell Estates) in preparing a detailed masterplan and delivery strategy.

The connection between the Brudenell Estates and the name Tresham is steeped in history.

Sir Thomas Tresham (1543-1605), a prominent Catholic land owner in Elizabethan Northamptonshire was the creator of three notable buildings in Northamptonshire - the extraordinary Rushton Triangular Lodge, the Market House at Rothwell and the unfinished Lyveden New Bield.

Tresham also dedicated much of his life to collecting books, many of which can be found in the Tresham/Brudenell library at Deene Park - the home of the Brudenell family for over 500 hundred years and over fourteen successive generations. The book collection was given as a dowry when Tresham’s youngest daughter Mary married Thomas Brudenell. Mary spent many years living at Deene Park.

Robert Brudenell explains what the historical connection means to the family:

“Much of Deene has now been restored and this deep sense of history and the tribute to our Tresham ancestors further reinforces the link with local history and captures the optimism of a new chapter for the Brudenell family in Northamptonshire.

“The opportunity that Tresham Village presents the Brudenell Estates and the surrounding communities is a great example of the family mantra ‘the past to cherish and the future to relish.’”

ENC Councillor Roger Glithero is Chairman of the Garden Village Project Board which includes representatives of the district, county and parish councils. He added:

“It’s a fitting tribute to the impressive architecture of Sir Thomas Tresham’s buildings that this new garden village will bear his name.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Brudenell family and the local community on this exciting proposal which could provide wonderful facilities in a superb environment.”

Tresham Village will be the working name for the project while detailed plans are being worked up and tested. As with naming proposals for any new development, ENC is inviting comments from interested parties such as the Royal Mail and Parish Council to make sure that the chosen name is not offensive, misleading or likely to cause confusion. Anyone wishing to comment should do so by 30 April by writing by email or post to the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, C/o East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston NN14 4LZ. The final decision on the name will be made by the Brudenell family. 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.

Consultation on a draft masterplan is scheduled to take place this summer and could lead to a planning application later in the year. If the proposals get the go ahead, development could start around 2020. Information on the Tresham Village project is available on the ENC website and anyone wishing to register an interest in receiving updates can do so by contacting the Joint Planning Unit on email or phone 01832 742358.