Councillors object to Rushden Lakes again

An artist's impression of Rushden Lakes

An artist's impression of Rushden Lakes

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Councillors from Northampton have confirmed their “strong opposition” to plans to build a large retail park in Rushden.

In May this year, Northampton Council’s planning committee lodged objections to the plans for the Rushden Lakes development off the A45 because of fears the scheme would harm Northampton town centre.

This week, committee members repeated their fears after hearing the £50m development, which would include 20 shops, a hotel and restaurants, would be three times the size of the Riverside retail park in Northampton.

In East Northamptonshire more than 1,000 people have so far signed petitions calling for the shopping complex to be built.

The petitions were launched in Rushden, Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough in favour of Rushden Lakes following a backlash to the plans from other county towns.

Proposals for the complex at the former Skew Bridge site in Rushden are expected to go before East Northamptonshire Council this summer.