Major plans to expand Colne's Boundary Mill

MAJOR plans to expand Boundary Mill in Colne have been unveiled - potentially creating up to 300 jobs for East Lancashire.

Land opposite the mill complex, at the end of the M65, has been earmarked for a new garden centre and farm shop by the company, headed by Richard Bannister.

But a note of caution has already been sounded at the potential impact of the development, pencilled in for a site off Greenfield Road and Whitewalls Drive.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson believes that the construction and operation of Boundary Mill could be significant for Colne and surrounding areas.

He said: “This should prove to be a huge boost for the local economy and could bring somewhere in the region of 300 jobs.”

Proposals submitted to Pendle Council show that a new roundabout would be created on Whitewalls Drive, to cope with the traffic demands of the new store.

However the popularity of the current shopping centre has often generated motorway tailbacks - as do the logjams created along North Valley Road by rush-hour traffic en-route to Yorkshire.

Coun Graham Roach, who represents Waterside ward, said: “This would be a welcome development for Colne but I would need to look at the overall impact for the area.

“I will be talking to people who live around this land about what kind of effect it might have, especially in terms of traffic congestion at the end of the motorway.”

Under the scheme, drawn up by Manchester-based Nexus Planning, the garden centre would face away from the M65, with a 452-space car park positioned in front.

Director Peter Tooher said: “It is intended that the development will enhance the flagship retail role of the existing Boundary Mill Stores, providing in the order of 300 new, full and part time jobs on an important gateway site.”

The developers said the new centre will have no impact on the neighbouring Greenfield Nature Reserve and only a few low-value trees will be lost.

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11:19am Sun 22 Dec 13

vicn1956 says...

Get the bypass started or many will get fed up of the queues and stop going there!
Get the bypass started or many will get fed up of the queues and stop going there! vicn1956

1:59pm Sun 22 Dec 13

coates warder says...

m65 is already at a stand still so is the north valley road .yes it will create jobs but in the wrong place. 1 roundabout will slow traffic even more that is trying to get to asda. next and argos. anyone with little brain can see this.and where will it create 300 jobs in the garden centre. get the by-pass built. a lot of shoppers are already put off by the north valley rd etc from barnoldswick and now travel into yorshire as it is quicker.barlick to asda at least 20 mins for 6 miles ,barlick to skipton 12mins for 9 miles. i rest my case.
m65 is already at a stand still so is the north valley road .yes it will create jobs but in the wrong place. 1 roundabout will slow traffic even more that is trying to get to asda. next and argos. anyone with little brain can see this.and where will it create 300 jobs in the garden centre. get the by-pass built. a lot of shoppers are already put off by the north valley rd etc from barnoldswick and now travel into yorshire as it is quicker.barlick to asda at least 20 mins for 6 miles ,barlick to skipton 12mins for 9 miles. i rest my case. coates warder

2:18pm Sun 22 Dec 13

whirlingdervish says...

expansion go for it,,places like blackburn who have traffic wardens for africa..persecute daily shopers, they turned down planning at whitebirk,,,jobs jobs jobs,hollern get us moving....
expansion go for it,,places like blackburn who have traffic wardens for africa..persecute daily shopers, they turned down planning at whitebirk,,,jobs jobs jobs,hollern get us moving.... whirlingdervish

9:09pm Sun 22 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Why on earth Boundary Mill were allowed to relocate to where they are now is a mystery. Any chance of the M65 being extended has been lost. Forget the bypass, the motorway being extended in to Yorkshire should have always been the priority.
Why on earth Boundary Mill were allowed to relocate to where they are now is a mystery. Any chance of the M65 being extended has been lost. Forget the bypass, the motorway being extended in to Yorkshire should have always been the priority. You're not mugging me off that easily

12:19am Mon 23 Dec 13

retsofad says...

Correct me if i am wrong But doesn't Boundary Mill own the empty Unit they vacated when they left the old store next to ASDA
This empty unit is up to let so why not open this new store on the old Boundary Mill site.
Why take land next to a nature reserve? there is enough traffic problems in this area without putting another roundabout to make the traffic come to a complete standstill
Stop this development before it gets off the ground, common sense will prevail
Correct me if i am wrong But doesn't Boundary Mill own the empty Unit they vacated when they left the old store next to ASDA This empty unit is up to let so why not open this new store on the old Boundary Mill site. Why take land next to a nature reserve? there is enough traffic problems in this area without putting another roundabout to make the traffic come to a complete standstill Stop this development before it gets off the ground, common sense will prevail retsofad

9:47am Mon 23 Dec 13

Izanears says...

When Morrisons opened a mini garden centre within the store's boundary, the council made them close it down. The words Sauce and Goose and Gander come into mind.
When Morrisons opened a mini garden centre within the store's boundary, the council made them close it down. The words Sauce and Goose and Gander come into mind. Izanears

3:36pm Mon 23 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

Its another Tory boy con. Boundary Mill have createdf a lot of the problems by being allowed to re-locate where they are. As soon as they built it they applied for planning to build another level ie multi storey car park, There is so littlle parking that their staff use the Colne Leisure Centre car park. This is just and excuse to kill 2 birds with one stone. get a bigger car park which is what they've wanted since the start and to cut off any attempt to provide alternatives routes to a non sensical bypass.

Is Colne crying out for a Garden Centre? We have several in Pendle who I'm sure will appreciate being put out of business. Secondly, can anyone tell me where there is any other Garden Centre in the UK that employs 300 staff? I bet kew gardens don't even have that many.

Its all part of the con, promise loads of non existent jobs and get the council on side. It works every time. Might even be a cover for a new Tesco, they pulled the same devious stunt in Haslingden.
Its another Tory boy con. Boundary Mill have createdf a lot of the problems by being allowed to re-locate where they are. As soon as they built it they applied for planning to build another level ie multi storey car park, There is so littlle parking that their staff use the Colne Leisure Centre car park. This is just and excuse to kill 2 birds with one stone. get a bigger car park which is what they've wanted since the start and to cut off any attempt to provide alternatives routes to a non sensical bypass. Is Colne crying out for a Garden Centre? We have several in Pendle who I'm sure will appreciate being put out of business. Secondly, can anyone tell me where there is any other Garden Centre in the UK that employs 300 staff? I bet kew gardens don't even have that many. Its all part of the con, promise loads of non existent jobs and get the council on side. It works every time. Might even be a cover for a new Tesco, they pulled the same devious stunt in Haslingden. It's a spade!

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