Hello, i have posted a thread about a couple of places we are looking at moving to, we don't want to be more than an hour and 15 out of London as most of DH's work is there.
We did look at Lincolnshire, Notts and Northamptonshire. We have been on the market for just over three months ( not that long i know ) and have had a couple of second viewings but nothing doing so far.
We had a look at some new builds that were offering part ex in the Northamptonshire area and a couple of nice houses were on David Wilson sites. I have been to Corby once a few months ago but couldn't really spend any time there - please can someone advise if it a complete no- no or not? I had a look for some old threads and the general consensus seems to be that its horrid.
That said i have read that it has undergone some regeneration, i used to live in Swindon which also has a rep as a bit of a shit-hole so I'm wondering if Corby actually isn't that bad or if its reputation is deserved?
I really want to move before Sept as DC's schooling and College could be tricky, part ex'ing would solve the problem but there doesn't seem to be much new build wise around in N'hants that have a house big enough for us ( 5 dc's) hence why the Corby estate came up, when i visited a few months ago it was on the outskirts ( although you had to go through a massive industrial estate to get to it) and it seemed ok.
I don't think it is horrid at all. Every town has good areas and bad areas. Corby has had a lot of regeneration since the steelworks.
There are a lot of nice places near by too, there's Foxton Locks, Rockingham castle, Uppingham, Rutland Water, Stamford, Twywell and loads more i'm not currently thinking of. I don't live there anymore as I moved after I went to University.
OP you sound like you've down the exact search that I have been doing although we're relocating from abroad. I loved the Redrow development in Kettering but it didn't look like we'd get places for my primary aged children so we're now part ex'ing on a house in Oakham near Rutland Water. We looked at the David Wilson houses in Corby and I really like them but again I wasn't sure on schools. Oakham on the other hand seems to have very good schools with potential places have you looked there? It has a train station with direct trains to St Pancras.