Deadline nears for Rushden Lakes decision

New artist's impression of Rushden Lakes
New artist's impression of Rushden Lakes

A new image of what the planned £50m Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure park would look like has been released, just days before a final decision about the future of the proposed development could be finalised.

East Northamptonshire Council approved planning permission to build the new development in October, but the application has to be looked at by the Secretary of State due to the size of the planned development

The Secretary of State has acknowledged to East Northamptonshire Council the receipt of the planning application for Rushden Lakes and is considering whether to refer it to the Planning Inspectorate for review.

His decision is expected by Tuesday, November 20.

Rob Back, head of planning services at East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We are pleased to have confirmation that the application is now in the hands of the Secretary of State.

“People in the area are very excited at the prospect of having Rushden Lakes and we’re confident that the eagerness of the local community will be felt in London and the decision made locally by this council will stand.”

The new image has been released by LXB Retail Properties, the company behind the proposed development. LXB bought the Skew Bridge for almost £5m in 2010 and hopes to build 20 shops, a garden centre, restaurants and a lakeside visitor centre .

Gavin Stollar, LXB spokesman said: “We hope the release of this latest image helps people to start to visualise what The Lakes will look like. Councillors have now had their say and we hope that Eric Pickles will agree with Wellingborough and East Northants and allow this significant investment and job creation scheme to proceed as soon as possible.”