Borough of Wellingborough

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Borough of Wellingborough
Shown within Northamptonshire
Shown within Northamptonshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Ceremonial countyNorthamptonshire
Admin. HQWellingborough
 • TypeBorough Council of Wellingborough
 • Leadership:Alternative - Sec.31
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Peter Bone
 • Leader of the CouncilCllr. Martin Griffiths
 • Total62.9 sq mi (163.0 km2)
Area rank175th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total79,707
 • RankRanked 290th
 • Density1,300/sq mi (490/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code34UH (ONS)
E07000156 (GSS)
Ethnicity90.8% White
4.5% S.Asian
2.5% Afro-Caribbean

The Borough of Wellingborough is a non-metropolitan district and borough in Northamptonshire, England. It is named after Wellingborough, its main town, but also includes surrounding rural areas.

The local council prefers to call itself the 'Borough Council of Wellingborough' rather than the more usual form 'Wellingborough Borough Council'.

The borough covers almost the same area as the Wellingborough constituency. It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the borough of Wellingborough with Wellingborough Rural District.

The borough borders South Northamptonshire, Northampton, the Borough of Kettering, the Daventry District and East Northamptonshire, as well as the Borough of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, and the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire.

Abolition and replacement[edit]

In March 2018, following suspension of the County Council arising from its becoming insolvent, due to financial and cultural mismanagement by the cabinet and officers, the then Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid, sent commissioner Max Caller into the council, who recommended the county council and all district and borough councils in the county be abolished, and replaced by two unitary authorities, one covering the West, and one the North of the county.[1] These proposals were approved in April 2019. It will mean that the districts of Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire will be merged to form a new unitary authority called West Northamptonshire, whilst the second unitary authority North Northamptonshire will consist of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough districts. These new authorities are due to come into being on 1 April 2021.[2] Elections for the new authorities were due to be held on 7 May 2020 but these were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

Concurrent with these changes, the currently unparished area of Wellingborough will be established as a civil parish and gain a new Town Council.[4]

Settlements and parishes[edit]

Other than Wellingborough itself the borough includes:

Future developments[edit]

The Borough Council have approved major building work to the East of the main town of Wellingborough as part of the government's 'Milton Keynes and South Midlands plan'. The area called 'Stanton Cross' will increase the size of the town by 30%.[5]

Bovis Homes and St. Modwen teamed up to deliver Stanton Cross, the proposed flagship industrial logistics park and residential development of approximately 3,750 homes, with schools, shops, surgeries and recreational spaces.

ECL Civil Engineering was appointed by Bovis to provide access and roadworks under an S278 agreement and infrastructure to facilitate the development.


  1. ^ "Northamptonshire County Council: statement". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Northamptonshire: Unitary authorities plan approved". BBC News. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  3. ^ "AT LAST! Northamptonshire's new unitary councils are made law by parliament". Northampton Chronicle. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Wellingborough Town Council information sessions". Borough Council of Wellingborough. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  5. ^ Wellingborough East

Coordinates: 52°18′05″N 0°41′40″W / 52.30139°N 0.69444°W / 52.30139; -0.69444