Rushden Lakes decision to be made by January 2014

Rushden Lakes artist's impression

Rushden Lakes artist's impression

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People in Rushden will have to wait until next January to find out whether a £50m shopping and leisure development can be built at Skew Bridge.

The Secretary of State has informed East Northamptonshire Council that a decision on the Rushden Lakes planning application will be announced by January 30 2014.

Planning Inspector, Harold Stephens heard evidence over 12 days from development and planning experts, MPs, an MEP, district councillors and residents about the proposed development of the old Skew Bridge Country Club and dry ski slope site on the edge of Rushden.

Mr Stephens will send his report to Eric Pickles by November 4.

A spokesman for East Northamptonshire Council said: “This is a slight change from the provisional date, due to the complexity and extent of evidence submitted, which the Inspector must take into account in his report, and which could not have been anticipated when the provisional date was set.”

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “We have been informed that a decision will be issued on or before January 30 2014 and hope that it is a positive outcome for East Northamptonshire.”

Full details of the planning application can be found on the East Northamptonshire Council’s planning site, www.eastnorthamptonshire.gov.uk/planning; simply key in application number 12/00010/FUL.