Rushden Lakes decision is now just one month away

Rushden Lakes developers: Jon McCarthy, with shop keeper Adrian House
Rushden Lakes developers: Jon McCarthy, with shop keeper Adrian House

There’s just one month to go until the fate of the Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure park is decided by planning officials.

The company behind the application, LXB Properties, plans to spend £50m developing the site at Skew Bridge, off the A45.

East Northamptonshire Council’s planning committee will decide whether it should be given the go-ahead at a meeting on September 5.

Jon McCarthy, development director at LXB Properties, is confident there is a need for more shops in the Rushden area.

He said: “We have consistently stated that Rushden is significantly under-served for retail choice. This should allay any fears from surrounding towns.

“There is clearly enough retail capacity for all major centres to continue to trade successfully.”

Despite receiving opposition from Corby, Northampton and Kettering, Wellingborough Council has publicly backed the scheme.

Cllr Paul Bell, leader of Wellingborough Council, said he could not understand why Northampton Borough Council was against the development.

He said: “As a borough council we raised no objection to the scheme. There are long-term benefits for the borough, including 1,500 jobs.

“There are also provisions for a bus service from Wellingborough town centre to the site and cycle routes. My job as leader of council is to do the best for my borough and there is potential here for 1,500 jobs.”