Desborough is a rapidly expanding and changing town situated in Northamptonshire, with 8045 electors (1st February 2016). An additional 700 homes are planned to be provided over the next few years as identified in the Rothwell & Desborough Area Action Plan 2009 produced by Kettering Borough Council. Key sites within the town have also been identified by the Borough Council for regeneration as detailed in the Desborough Urban Design Framework 2004. In addition Desborough "Greenspace" is 22 hectares of land designated as a public open space.Desborough is one of the founding 12 members of the Charter of European Communities and through this has links with 26 other EU members. Through the Desborough and District Twinning Association the town is twinned with Neuville de Poitou in France and with Bievre in Belgium.

Desborough Town Plan Website

Desborough Town Council has committed, on behalf of the town, to the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Desborough (known as Desborough Town Plan). This plan will help local people shape development within their community and establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in the town.

Community Grant Scheme

Desborough Town Council has a small budget for the award of grants to groups working locally. Grant applications are considered in May and October.

Latest News

Local Government Reform in Northamptonshire - Urgent

The District, Borough, and County Councils have drafted a joint response to the Secretary of State's invitation to "submit proposals on restructuring local government".

Meetings to consider the response will be held across the county in the week commencing 27 August 2018 (Bank Holiday Monday). In the Borough of Kettering, an extraordinary Borough Council meeting will take place on 29 August 2018 at 7 p.m. More »

The Agenda for the Kettering Borough Council meeting, the proposed submission, consultation results, and the Price Waterhouse Cooper report are available here. » Less

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:14 by Clerk

Report from County Councillor - Full Council Meeting 17th May 2018

County Councillor Report for Desborough Town Council Meeting 17th May 2018

My report covers four items on the agenda.
The details recorded are my current understanding of progress on each issue, based on information received.

Agenda item 059/18 — Desborough Library
NCC has a deadline of May 31st 2018 to receive section 2 of the Formal Expression of Interest to secure the freehold to the library building, subject to the decision of Desborough Town Council. More »

Earlier offers of greater support from NCC, in a progressive transfer of library operations, have [regrettably] been withdrawn.
I am reliably informed that Thrapston Town Council has opted to purchase its library through a PWLB Loan, but I have no written evidence to support this statement.

Historical lists of operational costs, contract details and the freehold value of Desborough Library were made available to the January DTC Meeting, for consideration in setting the
2018/19 Budget & Precept.

Agenda item 063/18 — One way system
When originally asked about the current status of the one way system, I replied that my best information was that a contract had been agreed with Kier Wsp.
It is unclear whether this is a signed contract?

Agenda item 068/18 — Fishing Lakes
The developer is instructed by KBC to complete this development by 315t December 2018. He has requested the lifting of the 7.5 tonne weight limit, on the rural road between Pipewell and the western edge of Rushton, to facilitate quicker lorry movements to and from this site.

For the record NCC, working in partnership with DTC, agreed to lift this weight limit in previous years during the summer months, which gave some respite to residents of Dunkirk Avenue and Rushton Road from the large number of tipper lorry journeys to and from this site.

Rushton PC and County Councillor unanimously reject this latest request, stating that it disrupts the peace for their remote residents and wrecks the road surface on this rural
road and on Oakley Road towards Oakley Hay roundabout.

This development is in Rushton Parish but lorry movements are legally entitled to travel through Desborough to access the site.
A meeting is scheduled, between all the local authorities affected, to discuss this request in early June.

Agenda item 071/18 — KET/2018/0309 — Application for 5 caravan plots

Travellers have occupied this [un-registered] plot of land for several years. It is not Highways Land and NCC has no need to claim it for future highways work. NCC has advised the land owners, with access rights across the highways land fronting this
plot, that they could register a claim to this plot as an extension of their fields.

The land owners have clearly decided not to action a claim.

Clir Allan Matthews
16th May 2018 » Less

Wed, 16 May 2018 11:31 by Becky Jones

Shed Break In - Pioneer Avenue

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for information regarding a Shed being broken into

This happened between the hours of 1900 on 05/05/2018 and 16.00 on 15/05/2018 in Pioneer Avenue
Ref 18000222068

Did you witness anything?

Did you see any person(s) in the area that looked suspicious?

Did you see any vehicle(s) that you were suspicious of?

If so, then please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

101 is the number to use to report incidents and for general enquiries. In an emergency dial 999. More »

To report a crime or incident, provide information or for advice, call 101 or visit

You can also provide confidential information should you wish to remain anonymous. These calls can be made to the Independent Charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

Corby and Kettering Neighbourhood Policing Team » Less

Wed, 16 May 2018 09:11 by Becky Jones