Secretary of state delays Rushden Lakes decision

Rushden Lakes artist's impression
Rushden Lakes artist's impression

The Secretary of State has informed East Northamptonshire Council that more time is required to make a decision on the Rushden Lakes retail application.

At a Development Control Committee meeting in October, councillors voted unanimously to grant planning permission for the application. The project, to be built on the site of the old Skew Bridge Country Club and dry ski slope on the edge of Rushden, includes retail units, restaurants and a lakeside visitor centre, along with a hotel, leisure club and boat house.

Under planning rules the application was referred to the Secretary of State to see whether the council’s decision is acceptable.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “We had hoped to receive a decision by now but the Secretary of State requires more time to consider the application.

“We hope to receive a judgment soon as we’re keen to see work start on this exciting development which will bring new jobs to the area and regenerate a site that has become run down. The potential to increase spending in the district, provide a better retail offer for local people and maximise leisure opportunities is just what the district needs right now so we hope to hear a decision very soon.”

The Secretary of State has not yet announced a deadline date for a decision to be made.