Dozens have their say on Rushden Gateway plans which could create hundreds of jobs

The Rushden Gateway plans were on show this month
The Rushden Gateway plans were on show this month

People have had their say on proposals for a new development which could create hundreds of jobs in Rushden.

Developer Ashfield Land invited members of the public to see its Rushden Gateway plans at a recent exhibition.

The proposals are for a business-led redevelopment of the 28-acre site at Nene Valley Farm next to the A45, which is just up the road from Rushden Lakes.

It is anticipated that the plans, which include new mixed-use employment space, retail units, a supermarket, cafe and restaurant space, a 60-bed care home and a new area of public open space, could create between 500 and 600 jobs.

About 50 people attended the consultation event at Rushden Hall earlier this month to find out more about the developer’s plans, with questions covering various issues including design, landscaping, transport and access, and employment opportunities.

Comments and views made by those who attended and took part in the public consultation, which ended on September 26, will now be considered and help refine the designs ahead of the planning application being submitted for consideration by East Northants Council.

Paul Jagroop, director at Ashfield Land, said: “The proposals for Rushden Gateway offer a great way to invest in and deliver a business-led redevelopment of the Nene Valley Farm site.

“It was very useful to get feedback from attendees at our public exhibition and have the opportunity to explain more about what our plans can bring to the area, such as jobs, important new business space and sustainable planning.

“We’ll be submitting our application during October and are grateful to everyone who contributed to the consultation which informed the final proposal.”

The application is likely to be submitted next month, although the developer has said it intends to hold a further consultation with councillors prior to the application going in.

For more information about the proposed development, click here