THE Grosvenor Shopping Centre owners in Northampton have been told they could become a laughing stock following their opposition to Rushden Lakes.
Northampton South MP Brian Binley issued the warning after the centre’s owners Legal & General claimed the proposed retail development in Rushden would “seriously comprise” the redevelopment of Northampton town centre’s biggest shopping centre.
It said plans to build 20 shops, a garden centre and a drive-through restaurant off the A45 in Rushden could jeopardise its own long-awaited expansion plans.
Mr Binley said: “If they’re not careful they will turn themselves into a laughing stock. Anyone who knows the local situation knows there’s no way a development in Rushden would impact to any sizable degree on an already existing retail centre in Northampton. Legal & General have a massive opportunity in Northampton, with 400 businesses being attracted here as part of the Enterprise Zone and all the developments in Northampton.”
Northampton Council leader Cllr David Mackintosh also stressed the plans for Rushden would not have an impact on the future development of the Grosvenor Centre and said: “I don’t think this is something that will derail the redevelopment of the Grosvenor Centre. We’ve been in detailed discussions with Legal & General for months.
“Other factors around will undoubtedly have an impact but I think anyone who lives in Northampton knows a development in Rushden will not have an impact on where they go shopping.”