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A £50m development in Northamptonshire has been given the go-ahead by the government.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, visited the site at Rushden Lakes today, which is set to be transformed into a shopping and leisure complex.
It's expected the project will provide around 2,000 new jobs to the local area. Once completed, the complex will boast big-name stores, multiple restaurants, a hotel and a waterside activity centre.
While the news was welcomed by the local community, there have been objections from other nearby towns.
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Corby MP Andy Sawford says that the decision to grant approval for a new £50 million retail development in Northamptonshire will be good news for the local economy.
Rushden Lakes was given the green light by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, this morning.
“I am very pleased that Rushden lakes has finally been given the go-ahead," he said.
"This will provide a great boost to jobs and the economy in East Northamptonshire and I have strongly supported the development.
"After a year’s delay I hope we can now get on with the development as soon as possible."
Wellingborough MP Peter Bone has expressed his delight at the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to give the green light to a new £50 million retail development in Northamptonshire.
Mr Bone has campaigned for the the Rushden Lakes development to be approved.
Around 2,000 new jobs could be generated.
The proposals include shops and leisure facilities, and had already been backed by East Northamptonshire Council.
However, the final call rested with Mr Pickles.