New plans to redevelop former home of Rushden and Diamonds Football Club

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New plans have been submitted to redevelop the former home of Rushden and Diamonds Football Club.

Conalgen Enterprises SA has made two applications for redevelopment of the Nene Park site in Irthlingborough.

The site from the plans which went on show last year before they were later withdrawn

The site from the plans which went on show last year before they were later withdrawn

They want to demolish the existing football stadium and build a new retail and leisure development including a foodstore, shops, eight-screen cinema, hotel, restaurants and a new community football facility.

They have also applied for permission to create car parking spaces in conjunction with the new development by redeveloping the five-a-side pitch in Diamond Way.

The new plans come after similar proposals went out for public consultation and were put forward this time last year, but then withdrawn in March.

The main application site no longer comprises the ‘wetlands’ area to the north of the applicant’s land holding.

It is intended that this land will be dedicated to the Environment Agency for them to bring forward a new marina development for the canal network.

Another difference is the five-a-side pitch being put forward for car parking rather than being retained.

Documents submitted as part of the planning application state: “The proposed development will contribute toward the local community and economy bringing employment, investment and supporting the regeneration of Irthlingborough and neighbouring Rushden and breathing life back into a former football stadium site.”

The applicant says the development will create local jobs and provide the local community with easier access to retail and leisure facilities.

They also say they will contribute £200,000 towards suitable replacement playing facilities in accordance with a needs assessment undertaken.

Discussions are ongoing regarding the location for the development of a new football hub with enhanced facilities.

Details of the proposed location will be made available during the planning application process.

The northern pitch is to be retained as a playing field for community use, to be maintained by the developer and managed by an organisation to be agreed with East Northants Council.

The application for outline planning permission will be considered by East Northants Council.

To see the plans search for 15/02198/OUT on the planning section of www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.