The importance of the Secretary of State’s decision on whether to allow the Rushden Lakes scheme to go ahead has never been in doubt, regardless of which side of the debate you sit.
That importance is highlighted once more as the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit asks for views on where members of the public and other interested parties think homes should be built and jobs created.
The consultation is not about the total amount of housing and employment development required in the north of the county, rather where it goes.
However, final decisions cannot be made until we know whether or not Rushden Lakes is allowed to go ahead.
I may be alone, but I find it ironic that the biggest new site identified for housing in the plans out for consultation is in the Rushden area.
According to the plans, which are quite vague at present, up to 2,500 homes could be built alongside the A6.
Again perhaps I’m alone, but wouldn’t the Rushden Lakes complex be a great source of jobs for people moving into the area?
And wouldn’t Rushden Lakes offer some fantastic leisure facilities for these same people?
The final strategy for the north of the county cannot be confirmed until we know whether Rushden Lakes will go ahead.
It is the opinion of many that the scheme should be central to our future development plans.
Neil Pickford, Editor