Grange Park, Northamptonshire

Grange Park is a large village just outside of the borough of Northampton and falls within the district of South Northamptonshire in the county of Northamptonshire.

Grange Park
Grange Park Northampton Community Centre.jpg
Grange Park Community Centre
The Green, Grange Park, Northampton
Grange Park is located in Northamptonshire
Grange Park
Grange Park
Location within Northamptonshire
Population4,404 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSP675552
• London65 miles (105 km)
Civil parish
  • Grange Park
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNORTHAMPTON
Postcode districtNN4
Dialling code01604
PoliceNorthamptonshire
FireNorthamptonshire
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
Websitehttp://www.grangeparkpc.org
List of places
UK
England
Northamptonshire
52°11′24″N 0°52′58″W / 52.18998°N 0.882900°W / 52.18998; -0.882900Coordinates: 52°11′24″N 0°52′58″W / 52.18998°N 0.882900°W / 52.18998; -0.882900

HistoryEdit

The village was created from agricultural land belonging to Courteenhall Grange Farm[1] in the late 1990s. Approval for the initial development of the village was granted on 8 May 1998, initially for one thousand houses to be built along with amenities such as a primary school, a community centre, and country parks.[2]

2003 planned development of an IKEA storeEdit

In 2003, a sand pit which was a former domestic refuse site was the proposed location for a new IKEA store[3] but after local opposition from members of the public, the store was built in Milton Keynes instead.[3][4]

2008 development of 450 new homesEdit

In 2008, West Northamptonshire Development Corporation agreed on a new development of 450 new homes and a hotel in the same sand pit location where an IKEA store was planned in 2003 but the government decided that the 450 new homes would be built closer to the existing homes in the village rather than on the wasteland.[5]

2017 warehouses developmentEdit

In 2017, three new warehouses were built in the sandpit location that was formerly the planned site for an IKEA and 450 new homes. Two of the warehouses are home to Clipper Logistics and the other one is home to an Amazon UK distribution centre.

2019 planned development of 330 new homesEdit

In January 2019, Manor Oak Homes published plans for 330 new homes.[6] Most of the community are not opposed to the new development but many believe that there are not enough local services to cope with the new homes as the primary school, doctor's surgery, dental practice and pre-school are already at almost full capacity and with the 330 new homes, there are no new plans for further community buildings.[citation needed]

DemographicsEdit

The population of Grange Park was 4,404 as of the 2011 Census. Prior to this, according to the 2001 Census the population was just 327 people, however the village was relatively undeveloped at that time. A census is taken every ten years in the United Kingdom, the next one will be in the year 2021.

In the 2011 Census, 82.8% of the Grange Park population identified themselves as White British.

FacilitiesEdit

SchoolsEdit

Woodland View Primary School is the only school in Grange Park, it caters for children in primary education from reception up until Year 6. For Secondary education, most children go to Caroline Chisholm School but there are numerous other secondary schools in the area that children can go to.

CommunityEdit

The village has numerous community facilities such as a community centre, a sports pavilion and a religious centre. These are home for numerous clubs and youth groups such as Scouts and sports clubs.

There is also a doctors surgery, a dental practice and a daycare for members of the community to use.

CommercialEdit

Grange Park have a Co-op Food supermarket, a Harvester restaurant, a tapas bar and some take away establishments. There are also two hotels in Grange Park which are in a prime location for business persons due to how close the village is to the M1 motorway.

IndustrialEdit

There is a small industrial estate in Grange Park which contain numerous warehouses used as distribution centres for logistics companies. There are also three warehouses that are outside of the industrial estate which are operated by Clipper and Amazon. Grange Park is also a prime location as a logistics hub due to how close the M1 motorway and the A45 trunk road are.

PoliticsEdit

Parish councilEdit

Grange Park Parish Council has 12 members who are elected every four years.[7]

District councilEdit

South Northamptonshire have two councillors who are responsible for "Grange Ward". Councillor Andrew Grant and Councillor Adil Sadygov are both members of the Conservative party.[8]

County councilEdit

Northamptonshire County Council has one councillor who is responsible for "Hackleton and Grange Park Ward". The current councillor for this ward is Councillor Michael Clarke, who is a member of the Conservative party.[9]

TransportEdit

Grange Park is close to the Northampton Loop of the West Coast Main Line railway. This carries trains from Northampton to London Euston via Milton Keynes Central.

Peak travel times by rail by London Northwestern Railway and Avanti West Coast services in minutes are: from Northampton to Central London 55, to Birmingham 65; from Milton Keynes to Central London 40 and Manchester 120.

The estate borders on the M1 motorway to the south-east and A45 to the west and north.

Typical travel times in minutes by road (peak times in italics) are:

  • Central London (via M1) 75 (110)
  • Birmingham (via M1/M6) 45 (60)
  • Manchester, (via M1/M6/M62) 120 (175)
  • Leicester (via M1) 50 (65)
  • Oxford (via A43) 50 (60)
  • Cambridge (via A45/A14) 85 (130)
  • Milton Keynes (via A508) 20 (30)

Airports at Heathrow, Gatwick, and London Stansted as well as Birmingham Airport are all within easy reach.

Grange Park is also on the Stagecoach X4 bus route between Milton Keynes, Northampton and Peterborough

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Map 1952". National Library of Scotland Ordnance Survey Map Archive. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "History". Grange Park Parish Council, Northamptonshire. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Grange Park Parish Council - history 2002". Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  4. ^ ""Housing gateway bid for Ikea site" - Northampton Chronicle & Echo". Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  5. ^ ""Go-ahead for 450 new homes in Grange Park" - Northampton Chronicle & Echo". Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  6. ^ Manor Oak Homes - Grange Park Consultation, January 2019
  7. ^ "Councillors". www.grangeparkpc.org. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Your Councillors | South Northamptonshire Council". modgov.southnorthants.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Councillors". cmis.northamptonshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 September 2019.

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