North Northamptonshire is a unitary authority area forming part of the ceremonial county of Northamptonshire, England, created in 2021. The main towns in the area are Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and Rushden, plus a number of smaller towns and villages. The council is based in Kettering.
North Northamptonshire within Northamptonshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Established||1 April 2021|
|• Type||Unitary authority|
|• Governing body||North Northamptonshire Council|
|• Leader||Russell Roberts|
|• Chief Executive||Robert Bridge|
|• Total||380.9 sq mi (987 km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|ONS code||E06000061 (GSS)|
North Northamptonshire was created on 1 April 2021 by the merger of the four existing non-metropolitan districts of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, and Wellingborough, it absorbed the functions of these districts, plus those of the abolished Northamptonshire County Council.
In March 2018, following financial and cultural mismanagement by the cabinet and officers at Northamptonshire County Council, the then Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid, sent commissioner Max Caller into the council, who recommended the county council and all district and borough councils in the county be abolished, and replaced by two unitary authorities, one covering the West, and one the North of the county. These proposals were approved in April 2019. It meant that the districts of Daventry, Northampton, and South Northamptonshire were merged to form a new unitary authority called West Northamptonshire, whilst the second unitary authority North Northamptonshire consists of the former Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough districts.
Elections for a shadow authority were due to be held on Thursday 7 May 2020, but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These elections were instead held on 6 May 2021 and the Conservatives won a majority of seats. The Council comprises 78 councillors elected across 26 wards.
Settlements and parishesEdit
- Achurch, Aldwincle, Apethorpe, Ashley, Ashton
- Barnwell, Barton Seagrave, Benefield, Blatherwycke, Bozeat, Brampton Ash, Braybrooke, Brigstock, Broughton, Bulwick, Burton Latimer
- Chelveston cum Caldecott, Clopton, Corby, Collyweston, Cotterstock, Cottingham, Cranford, Cransley
- Deene, Deenethorpe, Denford, Desborough, Dingley, Duddington-with-Fineshade
- Earls Barton, East Carlton, Easton Maudit, Easton on the Hill, Ecton
- Finedon, Fotheringhay
- Geddington, Glapthorn, Grafton Underwood, Great Addington, Great Doddington, Great Harrowden, Grendon, Gretton,
- Hardwick, Hargrave, Harrington, Harringworth, Hemington, Higham Ferrers
- Irchester, Irthlingborough, Islip, Isham
- Kettering, King's Cliffe
- Laxton, Lilford-cum-Wigsthorpe, Little Addington, Little Harrowden, Little Irchester, Loddington, Lowick, Luddington, Lutton
- Mawsley, Mears Ashby, Middleton
- Nassington, Newton and Little Oakley, Newton Bromswold
- Orlingbury, Orton, Oundle
- Pilton, Polebrook, Pytchley
- Raunds, Ringstead, Rockingham, Rothwell, Rushden, Rushton
- Shotley, Southwick, Stanion, Stanwick, Stoke Doyle, Stoke Albany, Strixton, Sudborough, Sutton Bassett, Sywell
- Tansor, Thorpe Malsor, Thorpe Waterville, Thrapston, Thurning, Titchmarsh, Twywell
- Wadenhoe, Wakerley, Warkton, Warmington, Weekley, Weldon, Wellingborough, Weston by Welland, Wilbarston, Wilby, Woodford, Woodnewton, Wollaston
- 2019–2023 structural changes to local government in England
- 2021 North Northamptonshire Council election
- West Northamptonshire, another district created in Northamptonshire in April 2021
- BBC News https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-43839535
- "Northamptonshire County Council: statement". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "Northamptonshire: Unitary authorities plan approved". BBC News. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
- "AT LAST! Northamptonshire's new unitary councils are made law by parliament". Northampton Chronicle. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.