Lakes to bring jobs boost
THE proposed £50m Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure complex would be a ‘catalyst for regeneration’ for East Northants, a business leader has said.
Eppie Anderson, chairman of the not-for-profit, Stanwick-based Thursday Breakfast business group, says the development at the town’s Skew Bridge will inject more money, employment and opportunities into the area.
She said: “Our members are supportive of Rushden Lakes because we believe it would act as a catalyst for regeneration, bringing a much-needed boost for our community of small and medium-sized businesses.
“Nationally, we have had some positive economic news and it would be exciting to see a local development that gives East Northants the opportunity to reflect that growth.”
East Northamptonshire Council had supported the plans, but the Government will make a final decision following a major planning inquiry, which ended last month, in which Corby, Kettering and Northampton councils declared their opposition to the retail complex, claiming it would affect their towns. A final decision may be as late as next January.
The development would include shops, restaurants, a hotel and a lakeside visitor centre on the edge of the town.
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