Construction of Wellingborough Prison approved

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Councillors at the Borough Council of Wellingborough unanimously approved a reserved matters application for the redevelopment of the former Wellingborough Prison on Wednesday 7 November 2018.

Members approved reserved matters of detail relating to the building appearance, landscaping and layout of the outline planning application for the replacement prison at Wellingborough, which is anticipated to open in 2021. Demolition of the old prison has started on site to make way for the new buildings.

Outline planning permission was approved in April last year for the demolition of the existing buildings and the construction of a new prison on the same site within a secure perimeter fence. Once built, the new prison will have the capacity to hold 1,680 category C prisoners.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Martin Griffiths, said: “This is an exciting time for Wellingborough with a number of developments coming together to shape the future of our borough.

“The development of the replacement prison will benefit the local economy by creating job opportunities for residents, apprentices and contracts for businesses across the borough, delivering an anticipated £80m boost to Wellingborough’s economy.”

The Government’s Prison Estate Transformation Programme (PETP) aims to deliver a reformed and modernised prison estate by building prisons delivering up to 10,000 modern places which will improve rehabilitation and create decent, safe and secure environments for staff and offenders and by reconfiguring the existing estate to simplify the role of individual prisons.