Plans submitted for shopping park

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PLANS for a £50m shopping park in Rushden which would create 1,500 jobs have been submitted to East Northamptonshire planning officials.

The proposed Rushden Lakes development for Skew Bridge includes plans for 20 new big name shops, including a large Marks & Spencer.

The planning application also seeks permission to build a home and garden centre, a drive-through restaurant, a gatehouse, a lakeside visitor centre, restaurants, a boat house and a lock.

The application also seeks outline permission to build a hotel, a crèche, a leisure cub and a marina.

LXB Retail Properties is also seeking planning permission to remove an existing ski slope, provide vehicle access, car and cycle parking and a bus stop.

LXB spokesman Gavin Stollar said: “We are delighted to have finally submitted our proposals for the Rushden Lakes scheme to East Northamptonshire Council.

“As we have said all along, Rushden Lakes has the potential to create new local jobs, provide a new high quality leisure and tourism destination whilst also complementing Rushden’s existing local retail offer.”

The planning application is expected to be heard by the council’s planning committee in June.

If it is given the go-ahead, building work could begin by the summer.

The project is expected to provide about 300 jobs during the construction phase, and a further 1,500 jobs once it’s fully open.

Joy Chapelle, of Hayway, Rushden, said: “I think it’s good news for the town. New jobs are always needed.”