Cinema plans for Rushden Lakes could be approved next week

The proposed cinema at Rushden Lakes
The proposed cinema at Rushden Lakes

A new 12-screen cinema could be given the go-ahead next week.

As part of the multi-million pound Rushden Lakes development at the former Skew Bridge site in Rushden, LXB RP (Rushden) Limited wants to build a leisure building with a multiplex cinema, restaurant and retail units, ten pin bowling alley, indoor climbing unit and cycle hire facility.

Planning officers have recommended that the plans are approved subject to a satisfactory legal agreement.

A report which has been drawn up for councillors to consider before making their decision states: “The proposed cinema, leisure uses, restaurant and retail units will be located in a single block on the western part of the site that will replace the previously consented garden centre which forms part of the June 2014 (and subsequently amended) Rushden Lakes planning permission.

“The cycle hire facilities are proposed to be located in a new building on the eastern part of the site, to the north of the previously consented hotel and leisure club.”

The report also said: “The proposals will clearly support Rushden’s enhanced role as a growth town, generate further employment and aid increasing the self-containment and self-sufficiency of the area.”

Planning

The plans will be considered by East Northants Council’s planning management committee at a meeting starting at 7pm on Wednesday, April 20.

It will be held at the council chamber at East Northamptonshire House in Cedar Drive, Thrapston.

To find out more about the plans, search for 15/02249/FUL via the council’s website at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.