A new home in Corby, Northamptonshire
If you are looking for a new home then the (almost) new town of Corby in Northamptonshire may be the place for you.
It is not entirely new, of course – in fact it has a long history – but it has seen huge investment and expansion in recent years. There are not just many new houses but all the facilities and services to support them.
To the west of Corby there is Priors Hall Park, a growing development of new homes set in 1,200 acres of parkland. As well as a wide choice of properties there are green open spaces, woodlands, play areas, cycle paths, walking routes and recreational areas.
Although it is on the edge of town, you are still only a few minutes from the centre of Corby with all its shopping and leisure facilities. Priors Hall Park is also alongside the villages of Weldon and Gretton which have excellent local shops and pubs.
To the south of Corby there is Oakley Vale, a 430-acre development that has not just new homes but also new shops (including a large Morrisons supermarket), a pub and community centre. All of this is set in a landscape of open green areas and woodlands.
Corby is a major employment centre. Best known for its manufacturing industry (brands such as Avon Cosmetics, Weetabix and Joules Clothing have factories here) it offers a wide range of job opportunities.
House prices in Corby
The average house value in Corby is around £185,000 with terraced properties valued at an average of £144,000 and detached properties at £281,000.
House prices from Zoopla, November 2018
Shopping, leisure and living in Corby
Corby town centre and the Willow Place shopping mall together host around 150 stores with a mix of independent and national retail brands covering everything from fashion, beauty and household goods through to food, banking and professional services.
The town also boasts a wide range of bars and restaurants and there are delightful pubs in many of the surrounding villages.
The Corby Cube in the town centre provides public facilities such as a register office and public library, a 450-seat theatre and 100-capacity studio theatre. You can watch films at Corby Cube or at the recently-opened multi-screen Savoy Cinema.
Corby has a wide variety of sporting clubs and facilities including the East Midlands International Swimming Pool built in 2009.
Outside the town there are Top Lodge Woodlands, Deene Park, Kirby Hall and East Carlton Country Park to explore nearby.
If you move into Corby now, you will be in good time to take part in the next Pole Fair. This event takes place every 20 years to celebrate the granting of a charter to the town by Elizbeth 1 in 1568. The next fair is scheduled for 2022!
Situated in the heart of England, Corby has excellent road links via the A14 to the M1, M6 and A1 and a direct passenger rail service to London from a new station opened just over a decade ago.
Corby lies within two hours' drive of four international airports: Birmingham, Luton, Stansted and East Midlands.
The transport links make Corby an attractive place for commuters to set up a new home.
Because it is a new town, Corby's internal road network includes several dual carriageways. Most of the main roads have relatively high-speed limits and pedestrian crossings are often underpasses that keep people and traffic separated.
Education in Corby
Corby offers a good variety of education with a large choice of schools to accommodate families buying a new home as well as existing residents. The town supports a large number of nursery and primary schools and is home to several academies, a technical college and a centre of learning for business.
There are three universities within 25 miles – two in Leicester and one in Northampton.
A brief history of Corby
Mesolithic, neolithic and bronze age archaeological evidence shows that if you move into a new home in Corby, you will be only the latest in a long line of newcomers.
The largest influx of new residents, though, came after 1930 when a new steelworks was built in the town. Many of the people moving to Corby to take up jobs in the new plant were Scots and the area became known in the region as ‘Little Scotland’.
The steelworks closed in the 1980s but the diverse culture which it brought together remains. Corby’s Celtic ties are still in evidence despite the changes to the local economy.