Plans for Nene Park site in Irthlingborough are withdrawn

Nene Park, Irthlingborough, the former home of Kettering Town FC and Rushden & Diamonds
Nene Park, Irthlingborough, the former home of Kettering Town FC and Rushden & Diamonds
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Plans to demolish the former home of Rushden & Diamonds FC and replace it with a retail and leisure development have been withdrawn.

An application for outline planning permission to demolish Nene Park in Irthlingborough to make way for shops, a foodstore, cinema, hotel, restaurants and new community football facility had been submitted.

Nene Park Stadium is a fantastic facility, and to see it demolished for a retail park would be a crying shame.

Richard Garvie

East Northamptonshire Council would have been the authority to decide on the plans, but according to the council’s website, they have been withdrawn.

Provisional plans went on show in September to gauge people’s views on the development, which would have zones for family leisure and entertainment, retail and sport.

But the plans attracted numerous comments on the council’s website as well as concern from people on social media when the plans were first revealed.

An online petition has now been launched to keep the facility retained for community and sporting use, with more than 550 people signing it so far.

Labour parliamentary candidate for Wellingborough & Rushden Richard Garvie has also said he plans to apply for the stadium to be registered as an asset of community value and he hoped there could be all party talks with the site owners to discuss a way forward.

Mr Garvie said: “Nene Park Stadium is a fantastic facility for East Northamptonshire, and to see it demolished for a retail park would be a crying shame and completely against the North Northamptonshire Strategic Plan.

“In my opinion, the site could be easily run as a not-for-profit trust with a mixture of education and training facilities, commercial space and community football facilities.”

Many who have signed the petition have commented online as to why it should be saved, including a great asset which is going to waste and the need for more pitches locally.

The petition can be found here.