A national body could yet crown Corby the "Great Town" of the UK and Ireland. 

Corby's one of three places that has been nominated by the Academy of Urbanism. They judge towns and cities based on how their living and working environment has endured or improved.

In putting Corby into their final shortlist of three, the academy praised an ongoing regeneration of the town led by civic groups and support programmes. It cited that in the last 20 years, Corby has seen the highest proportion of new home sales over anywhere in the UK and praised its new facilities in the town centre.

Further assessment visits are planned by the Academy on the three places nominated which also include Coventry and Milton Keynes.

The chief executive of the borough council said the nomination "acknowledged the great amount of vision, investment and partnership working that has gone in to regenerating Corby."

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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.

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The Princess Royal was a special visitor to Corby's Adrenaline Alley recently.

The Princess was given a tour of the urban sports facility by its development director meeting both users of it and people who have been working to continue its growth.

The social enterprise on the Weldon North estate is backed by a number of regional and local not for profit bodies.

It's reported new indoor ramp facilities could yet lead to it being a training camp for future Olympians in urban sports.