Plans for a multiplex cinema, bowling alley and eight restaurants as part of the multi-million pound Rushden Lakes development have been submitted.
LXB, the developers behind the major retail and leisure scheme off the A45 at Rushden, revealed earlier this year that they wanted to include a 12-screen cinema in their plans.
They held a three-day public exhibition on the enhanced leisure offering at the site and have now submitted a full application for a cinema, tenpin bowling alley, indoor climbing structure, a range of other indoor family entertainment/leisure activities and eight restaurants with external seating area.
Six of the proposed restaurants would be located within the cinema complex and two would be in an adjoining building overlooking the lake.
Among the names the developers are hoping to attract are Pizza Express, Prezzo and Nando’s.
A cycle hire facility with ancillary cafe is also proposed for a separate building to the north of the approved hotel.
It is envisaged that the leisure development would be the second phase of the Rushden Lakes scheme following on from the first phase of development that will involve the construction of the three approved retail terraces and associated car parking and access works.
If approved, the cinema would have 12 screens, a total seating capacity of 2,277 and would be operated by Cineworld.
The proposed leisure building would include other family entertainment facilities which are yet to be confirmed, but could be something such as 3D golf.
A number of possible names have also been mentioned for the eight restaurants.
Documents submitted as part of the application state: “The proposal includes eight restaurants that will provide a range of family friendly dining options and will accommodate operators such as Prezzo, Coast to Coast, Chiquito, Pizza Express, Wagamama, Nando’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Five Guys.”
A retail and leisure report which forms part of the application states: “The draft Core Strategy Review identifies that the role of Rushden Lakes is to provide a focus for retail and leisure uses, enhancing the range and choice of facilities available to local residents in the southern sub area of North Northamptonshire, and helping to retain a higher proportion of spending and contributing to the goal of greater self-reliance in the southern sub area and in North Northamptonshire as a whole.
“The proposed leisure development is consistent with the identified role for Rushden Lakes as it would, through the provision of the range of additional leisure facilities proposed in the application, mean that the overall scheme would make an even greater contribution to self-sufficiency in North Northamptonshire than the already approved development.”
To see the full planning application, which will be considered by East Northants Council, click here.