Rushden Sustainable Urban Extension

What is Rushden Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE)?

Rushden SUE is a proposed new development that will provide homes, job opportunities, schools, links to the Greenway and more. It’s to the east of Rushden and the A6 bypass between the John Clarke Way and Newton Road roundabouts


Where did the plan for Rushden SUE come from?

The North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS), which was adopted in July 2016, identifies the east of Rushden as an area for future development. Take a look at Policy 33 and supporting text of the JCS for details.

What will be on the site?

Some of the highlights include:

  • Affordable housing and homes for the older population (approx. 2,500).
  • Employment opportunities, including offices and industrial premises as well as local centre, small-scale business space and dwellings suitable for home working or business start-ups.
  • New schools for local education provision.
  • A new park and play areas.
  • Land for a new cemetery and other local community facilities such as allotments.
  • New links to connect with the wider Greenway network.
  • An energy strategy to ensure that the highest viable amount of heat and energy used within the development is generated on-site from renewable or low-carbon sources.

Why do we need this development?

The district of East Northamptonshire needs more homes and jobs for local people. Major new housing developments like Rushden SUE mean that we can provide these new homes and local jobs in a planned way – avoiding the piecemeal developments that increase pressure on existing services in other areas of the district. This is about meeting the district’s needs and this area was identified as suitable for housing and employment by the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (adopted in 2016).

At a meeting on 17 July 2017, councillors agreed the broad vision and objectives for the Rushden SUE.

How can I have my say on what it will look like?

There will be a programme of consultation and community engagement to inform and update the general public, stakeholders, local groups and interested parties about the work being carried out on the Rushden SUE. It’s vital that those with an interest in or who are affected by the proposal have the opportunity to have their say and express their views, to attempt to build consensus for a way forward. Details of consultations will be publicised in the local press and on this website.

So what happens next?

We’re working on a masterplan right now which will give a broad overview of what will go where (the location of specific land uses such as housing, employment, schools, green space etc.) as well as basic details on access and movement across the site, links to existing key infrastructure and how the site will connect with the wider area such as Rushden and Higham Ferrers.

When we consult on the masterplan you will be able to give your thoughts on the content. We’ll let you know the dates on here and will publicise it in the local press.

Why do we need a masterplan?

To make sure that key issues are addressed before development starts. It will consider the following:

  • Connectivity between Rushden SUE, Rushden and Higham Ferrers.
  • Providing a balance of jobs and homes.
  • Providing quality open space, including natural and formal green spaces.
  • Providing a connected ‘grid of streets’ and a main street which links the roundabouts at John Clarke Way and Newton Road.
  • Providing a local/neighbourhood centre for a range of uses at an accessible location.
  • Providing sustainable drainage systems to manage surface water and take account of existing watercourses on site.

Who approves the masterplan?

A masterplan will be prepared in consultation with the local community and stakeholders and agreed by the local planning authority.  It will provide in illustrative form, the location of land uses on the site, access points, infrastructure requirements, open space provision and design principles.

What happens after the masterplan is approved?

The Masterplan will help to guide and inform the preparation and submission of a future planning application which will be determined by East Northamptonshire Council.

When will a planning application be submitted?

A planning application will be submitted when the masterplan has been approved.  The determination process will take a number of months and it is unlikely that the application would be determined until 2020 at the earliest.