Plans have officially been submitted to Corby Borough Council for the major "West Corby" development.

Behind them are Rockingham Castle Estates, Great Oakley Farms and Taylor Wimpey.

The long-term objective is to build thousands of homes on a 270 hectare site to the west of the Beanfield and Danesholme estates.

Shops, schools and employment oppurtunities are also being promised as part of the plans.

If approved work on the homes could start next year but the long-term timeframe for the development is 15 years.

Elections to Northamptonshire County Council take place on Thursday May 4th.

The candidates for the wards covering the Corby area have been confirmed as:

Corby Rural: Terri Meechan (LD) Sandra Naden-Horley (Con) Bob Riley (Lab)

Corby West: Sidney Beercroft (LD) Julie Brookfield (Lab) Harriet Pentland (Con) Steven Scrutton (Grn)

Kingswood: Ollie Lewis (Con) Michael Mahon (Grn) John McGhee (Lab) Garth Ratcliffe (LD)

Lloyds: Judith Brown (LD) Miranda Harrison (Con) Bob Scott (Lab)

Oakley: Mary Butcher (Lab) James Collier (Con) Keith Hudson (UKIP) Chris Stanbra (LD) 

An online lottery for Corby residents run by the borough council went live on Tuesday ( Mar 28 ).

The chance to buy tickets in the lottery comes ahead of a series of weekly draws -  the first of which will be on Saturday April the 29th.

Some thirty good causes in Corby have been successful in being affiliated to the lottery with players having the chance to nominate a chosen cause. One of them is Corby Radio, who as a community radio station need to provide half of their funding from methods other than advertising.

The top weekly prize from the £1 stake will be £25,000. Corby Borough Council say 60 per cent of what they make will go back to the causes and that no money from the lottery will be used to subsidise other council services - the success of the scheme will be reviewed after a year.

The lottery's website is