MP raises Rushden Lakes delay with Prime Minister

Peter Bone has supported Rushden Lakes, which could bring 2,000 jobs to the area
Peter Bone has supported Rushden Lakes, which could bring 2,000 jobs to the area
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Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone has asked David Cameron to ensure the decision on whether to approve the Rushden Lakes development is made as soon as possible.

Last month it was announced Secretary of State Eric Pickles would not be making a decision on the £50 million plan by February 13, as had been planned.

The plans have received support from across the political spectrum, as well as from Wellingborough and East Northants councils.

However, they have been opposed by Corby, Kettering and Northampton councils.

Speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions today (Wednesday, March 5), Mr Bone said he had not known such a development to have attracted such widespread local support, which includes the Northants Telegraph.

“Rushden Lakes is a major retail and leisure park which will create 2,000 new jobs,” he told the Prime Minister.

Saying there had been support from the Yes2RushdenLakes campaign group, the Northants Telegraph and local politicians, Mr Bone added: “In nine years in Parliament, I’ve never known of a development that has so much public support.

“Could the Prime Minister use his best efforts to ensure that the outcome of the public inquiry is announced as soon as possible?”

In response, David Cameron said Mr Bone campaigned vigorously for his constituents, local businesses and job-creating developments, but said he was not able to get involved in specific planning decisions.

But he added: “I understand that a decision on this application will be made as soon as possible, and of course that will involve the Secretary of State taking into account all the representations, including from the honourable gentleman (Mr Bone) that he receives.”