North Northamptonshire

North Northamptonshire is one of two local authority areas in Northamptonshire, England. It is a unitary authority area forming about one half of the ceremonial county of Northamptonshire. It was created in 2021.[2] Its notable towns are Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Rushden, Raunds, Desborough, Rothwell, Irthlingborough, Thrapston and Oundle. The council is based at the Corby Cube in Corby.[3]

Wellingborough, the third-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire.

North Northamptonshire
Kettering, the most-populous settlement in North Northamptonshire.
North Northamptonshire within Northamptonshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Ceremonial countyNorthamptonshire
Established1 April 2021
  TypeUnitary authority
  Total380.9 sq mi (987 km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
ONS codeE06000061 (GSS)[1]
Corby, the administrative centre and second-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire

It has a string of lakes along the Nene Valley Conservation Park, associated heritage railway, the village of Fotheringhay which has tombs of the House of York as well as a towering church supported by flying buttresses. This division has a well-preserved medieval castle in private hands next to Corby Rockingham Castle and about 20 other notable country houses, many of which have visitor gardens or days.

Rushden, the fourth-largest settlement in North Northamptonshire.


North Northamptonshire was created on 1 April 2021 by the merger of the four 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.[4] 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.[5][6]

Population pyramid of North Northamptonshire


North Northamptonshire Council
Jason Smithers, Conservative
since 26 May 2021[7]
Chief Executive
Robert Bridge
Political groups
Administration (59)
  Conservative (59)

Opposition (19)

  Labour (14)
  Green (3)
  Liberal Democrats (1)
  Independent (1)
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place

The Cube, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG[3]

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.

The Council logo depicts Rockingham Castle, the River Welland and a Red kite - a bird of prey that has become strongly associated with the county of Northamptonshire and is particularly commonplace in the north-eastern parts of the county around Corby and Rockingham Forest.[8]

Settlements and parishes

See also


  1. "Local Authority Districts (April 2021) Names and Codes in the United Kingdom".
  2. "North Northamptonshire shadow unitary council 'in place next year'". BBC News. 20 April 2018.
  3. "Corby Cube set to become North Northamptonshire Council headquarters". Northamptonshire Telegraph. 23 September 2021. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  4. "Northamptonshire County Council: statement". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  5. "Northamptonshire: Unitary authorities plan approved". BBC News. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  6. "AT LAST! Northamptonshire's new unitary councils are made law by parliament". Northampton Chronicle. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  7. "Council minutes, 26 May 2021". North Northamptonshire Council. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  8. "The peculiar case of Corby's dive-bombing birds" via

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