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 Grange Park is a large residential housing estate on the edge of the Borough of Northampton but outside the Borough boundary. Some residents refer to its status as a "village", although in reality it is an extension to the Northampton urban area. It is   south of Northamptonmarker town centre, in the shire county of Northamptonshiremarker (Northants). It is very close to the M1 London to Yorkshiremarker motorway junction 15,   north of London and   southeast of Birminghammarker.


Demographics

The 2001 Census shows a population of 327 people in the parish in 118 dwellings, however, the area was relatively undeveloped at that time. However, by the end of 2007 the area had grown to 1,439 houses with an estimated population of 3,500 according to the 2008 public electoral roll, compiled in 2007, which excludes minors and also a small number of people for privacy reasons. The next census data will be gathered in 2011 but not published till some time later. Data published by South Northants District Council in 2009 shows an estimated population of 3,789.

Facilities

Community

The estate has a supermarket and community centre. There is also an hôtel and restaurant alongside the M1 junction. The estate has a pub, the Grange Inn Public House, a large playing field bordering the adjacent village of Quintonmarker, a cricket club for juniors and seniors , a youth club and scouts group. Just across the other side of the A45 from the estate is the Collingtree Parkmarker Golf Course.

Industrial

An industrial estate largely consisting of warehouses or logistics companies borders to the south west between the estate and the motorway. There is a smaller business estate at the border with the village of Woottonmarker to the north west.

A recycling works and park and ride facility have been mentioned as possible developments for the site of an old sand pit and closed domestic refuse tip to the west alongside the A45 trunk road.

Schools

There is a primary school, Woodland View.

The estate is in the catchment area, for children of statutory school leaving age, of Roademarker Secondary School and the only Sports College in the county. A newer secondary school, Caroline Chisholm Schoolmarker, which caters for children from age 4 to 19, is within walking distance at Woottonmarker. Pupils who live in the linked area associated with the school which includes Grange Park are included in the admission criteria - refer to the school for full details.

New developments

A further development of 450 new homes together with an hôtel has been agreed by the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation. The development is on a site bounded by the A45 main road, an old sand pit used as a domestic refuse site but now closed, and the existing housing estate. The site was originally proposed as a site for an IKEA store in September 2002, but after local opposition in 2003, it was built in Milton Keynesmarker instead.

A major urban extension of 2,000 houses, of which around 35% would be affordable was proposed by Bovis Homes in July 2008 at Collingtree Parkmarker, just over the A45 from Grange Park.

Political structure

The estate has a Parish Council with eleven members elected every four years. The local district council is South Northamptonshiremarker where it forms the 2-member Grange ward.

Transport

The county of Northantsmarker is at a north-south and east-west rail, motorway and fast road transport network. The Northampton Loop of the West Coast Main Linemarker carries trains from Northampton to London Eustonmarker via Milton Keynesmarker.

The estate borders on the M1 to the south-east and A45 to the west and north, so links to main trunk routes are very good.

Typical travel times in minutes by road (peak times in italics) are: central London (via M1) 75 (110), Birmingham (via M1/M6) 45 (60), Manchester, (via M1/M6/M62) 120 (175), Leicester (via M1) 50 (65), Oxford (via A43) 50 (60), Cambridge (via A45/A14) 85 (130), Milton Keynes (via A508) 20 (30). Peak travel times by rail by Govia London Midland and Virgin Trains services) in minutes are: from Northampton to Central London 55, to Birmingham 65; from Milton Keynes to Central London 40 and Manchester 120. Airports at Heathrowmarker, Gatwickmarker, and London Stanstedmarker as well as Birmingham Airportmarker are all within easy reach.

History

The area was developed from agricultural land around the turn of the century.

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