Discount store may be on its way to Rushden

The former recycling centre in Newton Road, Rushden
The former recycling centre in Newton Road, Rushden

Plans for a discount shop on the site of a former recycling centre could soon be submitted.

A report suggests plans are in the pipeline for the former recycling centre and council depot in Newton Road, Rushden, to be replaced with a supermarket.

In a report submitted to East Northamptonshire Council for a separation planning application nearby, it states the site is no longer available and a planning application is about to be submitted for a ‘deep discount convenience goods supermarket.’

A spokesman for Strutt and Parker, which has been marketing the site, said an application was due to be submitted soon and it would be for ‘retail’.

Earlier this year, East Northants Council said the site was surplus to requirements and it would sell it off to generate money and allow the land to be developed.

Speaking this week, council leader Steven North said: “Like all councils we continually review our asset portfolio to ensure we are providing best value for the taxpayer.

“The old recycling depot in Newton Road is one of these assets and we cannot divulge details of the sale of the site due to commercial confidentiality.

“However, this council is committed to working with businesses and, where appropriate, releasing old sites so that they can be redeveloped for commercial use.”