Corby has been awarded a national accolade for the strength of its development in recent years.

Corby was named the "greatest town in the U.K. and Ireland" by the Academy for Urbanism at a ceremony in London on Wednesday.

Coventry and Milton Keynes were also nominated for the Great Town Award, one of a number to recognise the best, most enduring or improved urban areas.

The academy said Corby had won due to a regeneration strategy which had attracted new jobs into the town while delivering a good quality of lifefor a growing population - which included new amenities in the town centre and community centres in new housing areas.

Support programmes such as Growing Corby and Enterprise 4 Corby were also mentioned in the nomination put forward to the Academy.

The award was collected by the leader of Corby Borough Council and the Mayor of Corby.

Corby will also be featured in a forthcoming book by the Academy of Urbanism, and a poem about the town has also been composed.

Work's underway on what's been described as a "desperately needed resource" for children and families in Corby.

A new special educational needs school is being developed on the former site of the Beanfield School - where a groundbreaking ceremony took place on Monday ( Oct 30 ).

The Red Kite Academy will provide 100 places for pupils aged 4 to 18 - with a target date for opening of September 2018. It's set to include 12 classrooms, specialist teaching rooms, a hall, a hydrotherapy pool, life skills suites and medical rooms.

Backed by Northamptonshire County Council and funded by the Education and Skills Agency, the cost of the school is £8m.

Lakelands Hospice have benefitted once again from the generosity of ballroom dance fans in Corby.

Text voting and donations on the night saw more than £66,000 raised for Lakelands from the "Strictly Corby" event, which saw ten couples featuring local people taking to the floor publically for the first time.

The event was livestreamed on corbyradio.com and reported on live on the station on Friday evening.

One of Corby's major housing developments is under new ownership.

Urban and Civic have taken on the project to oversee Priors Hall Park, at a cost of almost £40million.

Its previous owners went into administration - although over the past year housebuilding has continued on the site that overlaps both Corby borough and East Northants.

Already around a thousand people live on Priors Hall - where a primary school and community centre have recently opened. The area has outline planning consent for some five thousand homes, making it one of the UK's biggest housing projects.

As well as the existing Priors Hall area the new owners have acquired fifty eight acres of nearby woodland for a further £500,000.

Urban and Civic said they expected to be rewarded with "superior returns" by the acquisition.

 

Corby Radio is saying "thank you" to both the public and to organisers of a charitable scheme.

It's after confirmation your community station has been granted £3,000 from the Tesco "Bags of Help" scheme that was run with the cause Groundwork.

Shoppers in Tesco stores across Corby and in neighbouring towns where asked to place blue tokens with one of three causes to decide how much each should receive. Support for the station means it can now invest in new equipment for its free-of-charge radio academy for teenagers.

The funds come from Tesco's 5 pence charge for carrier bags.