Council to raise objections to Rushden Lakes extension

Northampton Borough Council is to raise objections against the proposed Rushden Lakes extension on land to the west of the shopping and leisure complex.

According to a document released ahead of the council’s planning meeting next week (Tuesday 23), the council will object the application and seek the determination of the Secretary of State due to the development’s “impact on the viability and vitality of Northampton town centre.”

The document expands: “Overall, the proposal would comprise a substantial expansion to and change the nature of the Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure complex. As such, the resulting complex would effectively replicate and resemble a town centre environment in an out-of-centre location to the detriment of the vitality and viability of surrounding town centres including Northampton town centre.

“Given the scale of the proposal and its impacts beyond the boundaries of East Northamptonshire, it is also recommended that the Council seeks the call-in of the application for determination by the Secretary of State.”

The hybrid application, from Anonymous Ltd, involves the erection of retail and restaurant units, the construction of office floorspace, leisure floorspace, and a new link road between Ditchford Road and Rushden Lakes.

The mixed use development would be 11,903sqm and accommodate 29 units. The units would vary in size from 116sqm to 1394sqm. There would be 752 parking spaces across 5 car parks.

The development would be called Rushden Living.