Plans submitted for former Rushden & Diamonds site

Plans for Nene Park
Plans for Nene Park

Plans to demolish the former home of Rushden & Diamonds FC and replace it with a new retail and leisure development have been formally submitted.

Outline planning permission is being sought for demolition of Nene Park in Irthlingborough to make way for shops, a foodstore, cinema, hotel, restaurants and new community football facility.

It comes after provisional plans went on show in September to gauge people’s views on the development, which would have zones for family leisure and entertainment, retail and sport. Piece Regen organised the public consultation at Huxlow Science College and said comments made during the two-day event would be considered before the application was drawn up.

While proposals include demolishing the stadium, which was also the home ground of Kettering Town Football Club for a brief spell, the developers have said they want elements of the heritage of Rushden & Diamonds FC to be included in the scheme.

Documents shown to people during the consultation say the proposal would create between 250 and 300 jobs.

It would have a mixture of food and non-food shops as well as restaurants, and it is hoped the scheme would result in spending being retained in the area rather than taking away from Irthlingborough town centre.

The scheme will now be considered by East Northamptonshire Council.

If councillors give the plans the go-ahead, it is thought that work, which would take about 14 months, would start on the site mid-2015.