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Have your say on Rushden planning proposals

Published Tuesday, 06 October 2020

Following consultation on the East Northamptonshire Local Plan earlier this year, East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is asking residents to have their say on two proposed housing sites in Rushden.

Land to the west of Rushden Lakes has already been discussed by councillors and officers are currently working with Natural England to address concerns about the nearby Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Special Protection Area. Meanwhile, the council is also proposing land to the south east of Rushden as a potential alternative site for housing. This is on the Bedford Road, east of the A6 bypass and west of the John White Golf Club. ENC is looking to develop an additional 450 houses at Rushden to fulfil the district’s housing requirements up to 2031.

The public consultation will take place over six weeks, closing on 16 November 2020. To have your say, go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultation and select ‘Current consultations’ and ‘Local Plan Part 2’.

ENC is also proposing to align the draft Rushden East Masterplan with the Local Plan, defining the site boundaries and setting out a policy for its delivery, making it clear and easy for all to understand. The draft masterplan for Rushden East was initially consulted on in February and March 2020 and sets out a large mixed use extension to the east of Rushden which includes around 2,700 homes, employment, schools and a local centre. Details can be found here - www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/RushdenSUEDraftMasterplan To have your say on the masterplan and the Local Plan, please go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultation  and select ‘Current consultations’ and ‘Local Plan Part 2’.

Cllr Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

“As a council, we value the opinions of our residents on a variety of matters, including development across the district. We actively support involvement from all communities to make sure they take up every opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns on development in their area.

“As such, we would encourage everyone to have their say on both of these proposals. We will then collate all of the responses and a report will go to the Planning Policy Committee for further discussion by councillors.”

Please email your questions about the consultations to planningpolicy@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk or call 01832 742010.