Rushden Asda applies to extend opening hours

Asda in Rushden
Asda in Rushden

Objections have been raised to plans by Asda to extend the opening hours at its Rushden store.

Members of East Northamptonshire Council’s development control committee will discuss the application by Asda Stores Limited to extend the Rushden store’s opening times tonight (Wednesday).

The supermarket chain wants to open the town centre shop two hours earlier from 6am and move the store’s closing time from 10pm to 11.30pm.

The extra 3.5 hours would apply Monday to Saturday, and Sunday trading hours would remain the same from 10am to 4pm.

However, objections have been raised to the revised opening times.

Nine letters of objection from neighbours were received.

Concerns raised include customers using the site and making noise when people are asleep, the car park lights would be on for longer and would light up bedrooms of houses nearby, and the proposal could lead to traffic chaos in Rushden.

Rushden Town Council has also objected to the increased hours as it would cause nuisance for people living nearby.

Despite these objections, it is recommended that the increase in opening hours is approved subject to conditions.

In a report set to be considered by councillors tonight, it states: “The proposal would help to support an existing local service in a sustainable location and would encourage a strong economy.

“Therefore, the principle of development would not conflict with local or national policy or have a substantial impact over and above the existing permission.”

Councillors will discuss the application in the Council Chamber at East Northamptonshire House, Cedar Drive, Thrapston, at 7pm tonight.