Pub and supermarket plan for Colne mill site

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: An application to demolish the remainder of the mill and build a Lidl supermarket has been submitted this week An application to demolish the remainder of the mill and build a Lidl supermarket has been submitted this week

DOZENS of new jobs could be created if a plan to transform a derelict Colne mill into a pub and supermarket are given the green light.

An application to demolish the remainder of the mill and build a Lidl supermarket, a Marston’s pub and other employment units has been submitted this week to Pendle Council.

Glen Mill was previously used by BSN Medical as a textile dying and finishing factory but closed in 2009.

In 2011, plans to create a pub and shops fell through.

A spokesman for architects Plan A, who are working on plans for the Aldi store, said: “The development as a whole will be served by a total of 131 parking spaces, including four mobility impaired and three parent and child spaces, together with opportunities for secure cycle parking.

“Car parking facilities will be centrally located and shared by the proposed occupiers.

“The application site occupies a prominent position on the busy North Valley Road.

“However, the site presents a poor quality feature on the streetscene and significantly detracts from the visual amenity of the area.

“Whilst the site has been secured by temporary fencing, it presents a significant safety threat.

“The site boundary with Glen Street, which has a significant change in levels, and the former water tanks/pools on the North Valley Road frontage are a particular hazard.”

A spokesman for Marston’s said: “The development proposed by Mars- ton’s Inns and Taverns is for a high-quality building as a food led public house to enhance the community aspect of the wider area by providing a dining and drinking establishment on the site.”

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4:22pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Izanears says...

While I welcome the opportunity to tidy the eyesore that is the former Glen Mills site, once again the council are creating yet more problems for an already jam packed road. If more traffic uses it it really will be the road to nowhere.
While I welcome the opportunity to tidy the eyesore that is the former Glen Mills site, once again the council are creating yet more problems for an already jam packed road. If more traffic uses it it really will be the road to nowhere. Izanears

4:53pm Fri 20 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

The Council don't care! Barnfield will somehow get the contract, some mutual back scratching will do the rounds and we plebs should all be left feeling grateful.

They're just going to by pass it all anyway and drive a pointless road through the countryside instead, just to keep a small aerospace parts manufacturer in the Earby area and retail shopping mill owner at the end of the M65 happy (and a few more of their friends). Or on the other hand they could consider widening North Valley Road to a dual carriageway, install smart traffic lights and re-design local traffic flow. Of course they could avoid doing any of that by giving planning permission and then that way the only option left will be to build the unwanted and unneeded bypass.

Democracy does not truly exist in this country, it is all for show. Everything is run by the same kind of people from the same sort of background and the same people and their friends are always the ones that benefit. Corruption takes many forms and is not always about brown envelopes. HS2, Wind Turbines and the Green energy con, pointless road schemes, Heathrow extra runway, privatised energy companies, MOD supply contracts, Group 4 and the prison service, A4E scandal. The list is endless but we the public always pay and the same people get richer on the back of it all.
The Council don't care! Barnfield will somehow get the contract, some mutual back scratching will do the rounds and we plebs should all be left feeling grateful. They're just going to by pass it all anyway and drive a pointless road through the countryside instead, just to keep a small aerospace parts manufacturer in the Earby area and retail shopping mill owner at the end of the M65 happy (and a few more of their friends). Or on the other hand they could consider widening North Valley Road to a dual carriageway, install smart traffic lights and re-design local traffic flow. Of course they could avoid doing any of that by giving planning permission and then that way the only option left will be to build the unwanted and unneeded bypass. Democracy does not truly exist in this country, it is all for show. Everything is run by the same kind of people from the same sort of background and the same people and their friends are always the ones that benefit. Corruption takes many forms and is not always about brown envelopes. HS2, Wind Turbines and the Green energy con, pointless road schemes, Heathrow extra runway, privatised energy companies, MOD supply contracts, Group 4 and the prison service, A4E scandal. The list is endless but we the public always pay and the same people get richer on the back of it all. It's a spade!

7:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Lord_Lucan says...

Very well said 'It's a Spade' . I am a former Council Chief Officer and I have worked with many councillors of all political shades. Whilst undoubtedly some are worse than others I can honestly say that on the whole elected councillors are all about themselves and their own desires and power and are privately dismissive of those whose views differ. I have been involved in many Council consultation exercises as an officer and I can tell you most definitely that none of them are genuine. The outcome is predetermined by whatever the politicians want and the council officers will provide responses and arguments to support the outcome that the councillors want. Don't waste your time fighting you are most unlikely to beat the corrupt system of local government.
Very well said 'It's a Spade' . I am a former Council Chief Officer and I have worked with many councillors of all political shades. Whilst undoubtedly some are worse than others I can honestly say that on the whole elected councillors are all about themselves and their own desires and power and are privately dismissive of those whose views differ. I have been involved in many Council consultation exercises as an officer and I can tell you most definitely that none of them are genuine. The outcome is predetermined by whatever the politicians want and the council officers will provide responses and arguments to support the outcome that the councillors want. Don't waste your time fighting you are most unlikely to beat the corrupt system of local government. Lord_Lucan

10:57am Sun 22 Dec 13

Izanears says...

Don't waste your time fighting you are most unlikely to beat the corrupt system of local government.
Although concurring with the majority of your post, I don't totally agree with the comment above Lord Lucan. If we plebs did not raise a stink about what councillors get up to the situation would be ten times worse. Mind you having said that I cannot help but get the feeling that this country is like France was just before the revolution. In those days the aristocracy drove their coaches over the prols. Today politicians and bureaucrats lie, covertly push through laws etc , keep back or redact information in reports, and ensure that unfavourable info is released at a time when the public's attention is focussed on say natural disasters.
Don't waste your time fighting you are most unlikely to beat the corrupt system of local government. Although concurring with the majority of your post, I don't totally agree with the comment above Lord Lucan. If we plebs did not raise a stink about what councillors get up to the situation would be ten times worse. Mind you having said that I cannot help but get the feeling that this country is like France was just before the revolution. In those days the aristocracy drove their coaches over the prols. Today politicians and bureaucrats lie, covertly push through laws etc , keep back or redact information in reports, and ensure that unfavourable info is released at a time when the public's attention is focussed on say natural disasters. Izanears

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