Oakley Vale in August – Community spirit, photo competition and development update


Welcome to our latest Oakley Vale blog, coming to you in the warm early days of August – after what was a scorching July!

There’s a lot to cover in this month’s update – including a lot of wonderful community spirit being shown and scope to do even more to help the more vulnerable among us this year. Read on for more on that.

But first we have to start with the news everyone’s waiting for…

Congratulations to our latest photo competition winner!

We’ve had an incredible (maybe too incredible!) summer of weather so far this year and it left us with a bounty of excellent submissions to our latest photo competition. Our theme was around the simple pleasures of Spring, which bloomed into a summer theme too as we got so many great summery efforts.

But there can be only one winner – and this time it goes to Tom Piechaczek! Tom’s photo captures the gorgeous hazy feeling that’s blanketed the country over the last few weeks and months. It also does an amazing job of showing the way our homes in Oakley Vale unite with pockets of nature and wildlife – a very worthy winner!


Oakley Vale community rallies around Florence Bark appeal

Now a wonderful story from our local community, where a young Oakley Vale Primary School pupil, Florence Bark, has been supported by the Oakley Vale, Corby and wider local community in her battle against Lukaemia

An appeal to help fund life-saving treatment for Florence hit an incredible £500,000 target in just 33 days – set after her family discovered their girl might need treatment that is not available on the NHS.

You can read the full story here – but we wish Florence all the best in her fight. She’s been so brave already, and it’s been amazing to see the community rally around her.

Development updates in Oakley Vale

For those interested in the next steps in Oakley Vale’s development, we have updated our Future Developments page with the latest information on Phase 8. You can find a snippet below:

“Phase 8 is situated at the end of Bennett Road and Chepstow Road (take a look at our Masterplan page for a visual view!). It will include a new Primary School on land to be gifted by Great Oakley and will provide road access and services that will open up the new local centre.

“Following an extensive selection process which included a design competition between the best bids, a preferred housebuilder developer has been selected by Great Oakley and is currently being approved by North Northamptonshire Council.  The next steps will see the Council, Great Oakley and the developer enter into a contract, followed by a reserved matters planning application to be submitted later this year to North Northamptonshire Council. If this is approved, building work could start in mid-2023!”

Call-out to support Ukrainian refugees

Continuing the community theme, we’ve been informed that a Ukrainian family fleeing war in their home country has been housed in neighbouring Great Oakley.

They are settling well, but we’ve been asked to put the word out and see if anyone knows of any Ukrainian support groups or Ukrainians living locally who might want to meet with and help them settle.

If you have any information or support that you can provide – get in touch with us on social media, via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.