The developers behind the £50 Rushden Lakes retail and leisure park say they hope to start building the complex by next summer.
The park, at Skew Bridge, off the A45, was last week granted permission by East Northamptonshire Council’s development control committee.
The application includes shops, restaurants and a lakeside visitor centre, along with a hotel, leisure club and boat house.
Jon McCarthy, development director at LXB Retail Properties, the company behind the development, said he was “highly delighted” by the committee’s decision to approve the scheme and he hoped work would start by next summer.
He said: “Rushden Lakes will reduce the need for residents to leave the area to do their non-food shopping.
“Some people travel 60 miles to shop – this will claw back tens of millions of pounds being spent outside the area.”
A decision will be made in the next two weeks over whether the planning permission granted by East Northamptonshire Council will be allowed to stand, or whether a Government planning inspector should have the final decision. This procedure is standard with applications of this size.
Northampton, Kettering, Corby and Bedford councils all opposed the application, but it received support from Rushden and Higham town councils. Wellingborough Council offered no views.
Cllr Richard Lewis, deputy leader of Rushden Town Council, said: “Overall we consider this development is the best opportunity in more than 20 years for improving our town.
“The town centre traders have come out in favour of the development.”
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