Controversial housebuilder set to collapse into administration

How the houses at Little Stanion were meant to look

A housebuilder that has been working on a housing scheme for over a decade is set to fall into administration.

According to documents seen by, JME Developments, the Corby-based firm which has been building a new housing estate at Little Stanion, will call in administrators after its hands was forced by financing company Alternative Bridging Corporation.

JME Developments had been locked in a battle with North Northamptonshire Council over the final phase of the scheme, which would’ve seen a further 99 houses and a village hall built.

In October of last year, the council deferred a decision on the last phase of the scheme over whether or not to allow JME to waive a £2m payment. The developer wanted to alter its planning application to remove any mention of it paying £11,000 for every house at Little Stanion’s final phase which was sold back into the public purse.

JME also requested that the planning application drop the “Little Stanion up-lift sum” which would’ve contributed some 34% of additional house sale profits back into the community to fund the costs of a primary school.

At the time, JME said it was looking to finish the site in 2028 – nearly a decade later than originally planned.

In December, North Northamptonshire Council waived the £2m payment to allow the final phase to be built. However, the future of the site now remains unclear.

JME has been trading since 1972, according to its website.

In March, a winding up petition was brought against JME by health and safety firm Ballycommon Services with support from fellow creditor, the builders’ merchant Huws Gray.