VIDEO: Take a look around multi-million pound Rushden Lakes development

A series of images of how the mult-million pound Rushden Lakes development will look have gone on display.

The images went on show during a three-day consultation into updated plans for the new retail and leisure complex just off the A45 at Rushden, which could see a cinema, bowling alley, additional restaurants and indoor climbing area incorporated into the scheme.

The cinema at Rushden Lakes

The cinema at Rushden Lakes

Visitors also had the chance to watch this short film taking you on a virtual tour of the site.

Last week’s public consultation was held to gauge people’s views on the updated plans, which include a 12-screen cinema to be run by Cineworld if planning permission is given by East Northamptonshire Council.

Jon McCarthy from LxB said: ​“The public consultation has been a huge success and people are overwhelmingly in favour of the cinema proposals.

“More than 650 people took the time to attend the exhibition, which is a great number for an event like this.

The site plan for Rushden Lakes

The site plan for Rushden Lakes

“We are really grateful to everyone who visited us and look forward to taking their comments on board as we prepare to submit a planning application by the end of this year.”

It comes as a host of big names have already signed up to the development by LxB Retail Properties, including Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and Primark.

Negotiations are continuing to fill the remaining units, with Mr McCarthy from LxB saying they have had more interest from firms wanting to have restaurants there than the actual number of units available.

A planning application for the updated plans is expected to be submitted to East Northants Council in the coming months and is likely to be heard by the planning committee early next year.

Work on the former Skew Bridge site is already well under way, with the site being prepared ready for construction to start early spring.

It is hoped the first phase of the Rushden Lakes scheme will be ready to open in spring 2017.

And if the cinema plans are approved, it is hoped that building for that phase of the development could begin in summer 2017.