Plans to demolish and build new prison in Wellingborough set for approval


Plans to demolish the existing buildings and build a new prison in Wellingborough could be approved next week.

The replacement prison would have a capacity for approximately 1,600 adult males and built to hold category C inmates.

The prison’s current site plan

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has applied for outline planning permission for demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a prison within a secure perimeter fence with access, parking, energy centre, landscaping and associated engineering works.

 If approved, the buildings would include the prison entry building, visitor facilities, a learning complex, workshops, support facilities and residential accommodation.
A new roundabout on Doddington Road is proposed to provide vehicular and pedestrian/cycle access to the site, as well as the proposed car parks.

It is also proposed to provide a temporary access for construction works from this location.

The proposed site plan

The plans have led to support as well as some objections from people living nearby.

While one commenter welcomed the jobs which would be created, a number of objectors have raised concerns, including the impact on local facilities, increased traffic and access.