Public have their say on Nene Park plans

Plans for Nene Park
Plans for Nene Park

A firm behind the plans to regenerate a football ground say the majority of people asked approved of the proposals.

Plans for the former home of Rushden & Diamonds Football Club, and Kettering Town FC for a short spell, went on show during a two-day public consultation last week.

People were given the chance to see an outline of the plans which include zones for family leisure and entertainment, retail and sport.

Piece Regen, the firm which organised the public consultation, says it also wants elements of the heritage of Rushden & Diamonds FC to be included in the scheme on the edge of Irthlingborough.

Tim Morris from Piece Regen was at the event held at Huxlow Science College to speak to people interested in finding out more about the plans.

Speaking on Friday, Mr Morris said: “I think the reaction has been quite positive so far.

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

Mr Morris said comments made during the public consultation would be taken into consideration before the planning application is submitted to East Northamptonshire Council.

It is hoped the application will go in before Christmas.

The consultation is still open for anyone wanting to have a say.

Speaking this week, Mr Morris said: “While the consultation does not finish until October 6, results of the consultation so far received show approximately 90 per cent of the forms received approve of the proposals.”

A three-page document was given to visitors at last week’s public event to talk about the scheme.

The document of frequently asked questions covered various issues connected with the scheme, including how the proposals would affect Irthlingborough town centre, parking, public transport to the site, whether AFC Rushden & Diamonds will be invited back to Nene Park and the effect on other developments such as Rushden Lakes.

It says work, which would take about 14 months, would start on the site mid-2015 if planning permission is granted.

Piece Regen describes itself on its website as an ‘integrated regeneration services company.’

It says they specialise in establishing the viability of regeneration projects, securing the necessary funding and managing services, delivery, resources and costs throughout the project.

For more information about the firm go to www.pieceregen.co.