Board to oversee planning in Rushden East approved

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A new committee has been set up to oversee growth in Rushden East.

Rushden Town councillors and Rushden members of East Northamptonshire Council attended a masterplanning day, organised by East Northamptonshire Council, earlier this month on October 2.

The aim was to consider the future of Rushden, with a particular focus on Rushden East.

With Rushden being proposed as a growth town in the emerging review of the North Northamptonshire Core Spatial Strategy and Rushden East sited as a sustainable urban extension, the aim of the masterplanning project is to draw up a vision and framework for the area.

This work will then feed into the Core Strategy Review, East Northamptonshire Council’s plans and link into the Rushden Neighbourhood Plan.

With the aim of making progress on masterplanning for Rushden East, the Rushden East Project Board (REPB) was approved at the planning policy committee on October 21.

Cllr Steven North, leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “I’m delighted that the committee approved the creation of this project board and that Rushden is getting much needed focus as a key area in North Northamptonshire.

“This board will help deliver some of our key corporate outcomes, including good quality of life, effective partnership working and strong community leadership.”

REPB will be made up of members from East Northamptonshire Council, Rushden Town Council and Northamptonshire County Council.

There will also be input from other organisations and agencies, such as the Highways Agency, Environment Agency, Northamptonshire County Council Transportation and Education and local landowners/agents.