Plans for Irthlingborough’s Nene Park go on show

An artist's impression of the plans for Nene Park

An artist's impression of the plans for Nene Park

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Proposals to regenerate the Nene Park site have gone on show at a two-day public consultation.

The plans for the former home of Rushden & Diamonds Football Club, which went on show today, include a new multi-use football facility which will be available to the community.

Developers say there would be a family leisure and entertainment zone which would sit alongside a retail area, with the hope of complementing the town centre and other proposed developments nearby.

They also want elements of the heritage of Rushden & Diamonds FC to be included in the scheme.

No plans for Nene Park have been formally submitted to East Northamptonshire Council.

But the developers say comments received at the public consultation will be considered when the planning application is drawn up.

There was a steady flow of people going along to take a look and discuss the preliminary plans on display today.

Tim Morris from Piece Regen was speaking to members of the public as they looked at the proposals.

He said: “I think the reaction has been quite positive so far.

“It’s important that we get people’s input.”

It is proposed that the retail zone will be a mixture of food and non-food.

The leisure zone would include a mixture of restaurants and the developers say they are aware of interest by more than one cinema operator to be part of the scheme.

The football facility included in the plans is for an artificial all-weather pitch surrounded by an amount of fixed seating.

The proposals will be on show at Huxlow Science College in Irthlingborough from 10am to 2pm tomorrow (Saturday).