Rushden Lakes decision delayed

Published Tuesday, 11 February 2014

No date set for decision

East Northamptonshire Council has been informed by the Department of Communities and Local Government that “the Secretary of State will not be in a position to reach a decision on the Rushden Lakes application by 13 February 2014.”

The notification does not state when a decision will be made.

In October 2012, East Northamptonshire Councillors voted unanimously to grant planning permission for the old Skew Bridge Country Club and dry ski slope on the edge of Rushden to be developed into 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 who determined that the decision should be reviewed at a public inquiry which took place in June 2013. The planning inspector’s recommendation is now being considered by the Secretary of State.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, says: “We’re very disappointed that a decision won’t be announced this week but understand that DCLG have other more pressing matters to deal with at the moment around flooding. 

“This development has the potential to provide local people with a better retail offer on their doorstep as well as new jobs and a regenerated site that has become a blot on the landscape. We hope that a new announcement date comes soon.”

Full details of the planning application can be found on the East Northamptonshire Council’s planning site, www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/planning; simply key in application number 12/00010/FUL.

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