North Northamptonshire
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North Northamptonshire

North Northamptonshire
Official logo of North Northamptonshire
North Northamptonshire within Northamptonshire
North Northamptonshire within Northamptonshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Ceremonial countyNorthamptonshire
Admin HQKettering[1]
Established1 April 2021
 o TypeUnitary authority
 o Governing bodyNorth Northamptonshire Council
 o LeaderJason Smithers
 o Chief ExecutiveRobert Bridge
 o Total380.9 sq mi (987 km2)
(mid-2019 est.)
 o Total354,477
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
ONS codeE06000061 (GSS)[2]

North Northamptonshire is a unitary authority area forming part of the ceremonial county of Northamptonshire, England, created in 2021.[3] The largest towns in the area are Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, Thrapston, Irthlingborough, Oundle and Rushden, plus a number of other towns and villages. The council is based in Kettering.


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.[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]


Council composition:
  Conservatives: 60 seats
  Labour: 14 seats
  Green Party: 3 seats
  Independent: 1 seat

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.[7]

Settlements and parishes

See also


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  3. ^ BBC News
  4. ^ "Northamptonshire County Council: statement". Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Northamptonshire: Unitary authorities plan approved". BBC News. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "AT LAST! Northamptonshire's new unitary councils are made law by parliament". Northampton Chronicle. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 2020.
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