Could developer’s scheme help cut traffic problems in and around Rushden Lakes?

An aerial view of the proposed development
An aerial view of the proposed development

A developer is working on a scheme which it says could bring houses, jobs and millions of pounds worth of road improvements to Rushden.

Roxhill Developments has released details of an ‘exciting project’ which it claims will lead to major improvements on the A45 and other roads in and around Rushden Lakes.

The proposed road improvements

The proposed road improvements

The firm says it will bring much needed relief to the congestion around the town, allow people to get on and off the A45 easily and improve traffic flow around the shopping centre which opened this summer.

As well as the road improvements, these images provided by Roxhill show they are proposing a new employment and housing development on land next to the Sanders Lodge industrial estate on the edge of Rushden.

It says all works, including the road improvements, will be funded privately by delivering new jobs and homes.

If approved, the mixed use scheme would include about 70 acres for employment use, just under 80 acres for residential development, 20 acres for landscaping and 20 acres for a reserved ‘planting belt.’

While the proposed scheme is still in the early stages, the Northants Telegraph has looked at the potential number of houses which could be built on 80 acres of land and our research shows it could be about 800 properties.

The land designated for employment use would also create a large number of jobs for the area.

Roxhill has given further details of the £15 million improvements they are proposing for the A45, including:

- new link road from the A45 to Irchester Road, removing the need to travel through Rushden to access the A45

- new all movement graded interchange on the A45, allowing easy access onto and off the strategic road network

- new slip road onto the A45 (eastbound) and off the A45 (westbound)

- modified slip roads onto and off the A45, eastbound and westbound

- improvements to Northampton Road, including to Shipton Way junction

- enhancements to Ditchford Road

Roxhill says its road improvements will complement Rushden Lakes as it expands with the additional phases which will see more shops, restaurants and a cinema built there.

It also says that subject to detailed design, Highways England supports the principal of these improvements.

A public briefing note about the plans states: “This is only the first stage of our proposed improvements.

“We want to share and develop our ideas with the local community as we progress our scheme.

“Formal engagement will take place in 2018 as we prepare our planning application.”

Anyone who wants to comment on the plans at this stage can email