Rushden Lakes inquiry date set

An artist's impression of Rushden Lakes
An artist's impression of Rushden Lakes

A date has been set for the Rushden Lakes planning inquiry.

At a Development Control Committee meeting in October 2012, councillors voted unanimously to grant planning permission for the application.

The project, to be built on the site of the old Skew Bridge Country Club and dry ski slope on the edge of Rushden, includes retail units, restaurants and a lakeside visitor centre, along with a hotel, leisure club and boat house.

Under planning rules the application was referred to the Secretary of State who decided the decision should be reviewed at a public inquiry.

Harold Stephens, the allocated Planning Inspector, will preside over the inquiry at East Northamptonshire Council chamber in Thrapston starting at 10am on 25 June 2013.

Mr Stephens has reserved a potential eight sitting days for the process.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, says: “We’re pleased a date has been set for the inquiry as we feel we have a strong case and look forward to defending our application.” The deadline for comments from interested parties is 22 February, 2013.