Residents campaign against Boundary Mill garden centre plans in Colne

RESIDENTS have launched a campaign to fight plans for the expansion of Boundary Mill in Colne.

Bosses at the mill, at the end of the M65, submitted plans for a new garden centre, cafe and farm shop, in December last year.

The retail giant, headed by Richard Bannister, wants to use several fields on the opposite side of the junction 14 roundabout from its current store for the development, which will also include a 452-space car park.

But residents living in Greenfield Road, next to the planned development, said it would cause major problems in the area.

John Rivett, 40, who has lived in Greenfield Road for eight years, said: “This is a beautiful area. We have some lovely green land behind the houses but all that could be ruined by this development.

“One of the big concerns was the use of a field behind the houses and know we have found out that it could be used for a huge car park. That was a real kick in the teeth.

“The planning officers said those amended plans were because Lancashire County Council said the development would need a bigger car park, but we think the development should be scaled down instead.

“You get deers on the field behind the houses and there are a lot of bats as well, all that wildlife will be put at risk.”

The development is also next to the Greenfield Road Nature Reserve and there are worries a large scale development could affect the site.

A new road lay-out would also be needed for Whitewalls Drive, close to the motorway roundabout.

This week residents met with local councillors to present their case against the development, which could create up to 300 jobs, going ahead.

Another concern for residents is extra traffic potentially using Greenfield Road, which is a no through road to motor traffic and a designated cycle route popular with walkers visiting near-by Barrowford Locks.

Mr Rivett said: “This is only a small road and it can’t take a big increase in traffic.

“There is a row of small cottages where the front doors open straight on to the road, which is going to be very dangerous if this development goes ahead.”

Councillors will make a decision on the redevelopment in the next few weeks. So far dozens of residents have already raised objections to the scheme with Pendle Council.

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12:16pm Sun 30 Mar 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Stop yer moaning! More traffic, more tourism, more trade,more money spent! Cant win,can ya?
Stop yer moaning! More traffic, more tourism, more trade,more money spent! Cant win,can ya? DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

Up to 300 jobs sounds a lot for a garden centre.

Bet they get their planning permission, cann't see that being turned down at the dead end of a motorway and all. If it does not end up a garden centre it will be a factory / warehouse. Lesser of two evils for the residents I'm afraid.
Up to 300 jobs sounds a lot for a garden centre. Bet they get their planning permission, cann't see that being turned down at the dead end of a motorway and all. If it does not end up a garden centre it will be a factory / warehouse. Lesser of two evils for the residents I'm afraid. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 9

1:40pm Sun 30 Mar 14

valleyblue says...

When there are already several derelict sites in Colne where mills have been demolished I don`t think there is any need to build on greenfield sites.The town would be far better served by the development of an already existing site whilst at the same time removing an eyesore from thje town`s landscape.
When there are already several derelict sites in Colne where mills have been demolished I don`t think there is any need to build on greenfield sites.The town would be far better served by the development of an already existing site whilst at the same time removing an eyesore from thje town`s landscape. valleyblue
  • Score: 16

2:19pm Sun 30 Mar 14

A Darener says...

NIMBYs!
NIMBYs! A Darener
  • Score: -5

3:54pm Sun 30 Mar 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

valleyblue wrote:
When there are already several derelict sites in Colne where mills have been demolished I don`t think there is any need to build on greenfield sites.The town would be far better served by the development of an already existing site whilst at the same time removing an eyesore from thje town`s landscape.
they need that area to build slums to improve the local area
[quote][p][bold]valleyblue[/bold] wrote: When there are already several derelict sites in Colne where mills have been demolished I don`t think there is any need to build on greenfield sites.The town would be far better served by the development of an already existing site whilst at the same time removing an eyesore from thje town`s landscape.[/p][/quote]they need that area to build slums to improve the local area DoggydogNo1
  • Score: -4

4:01pm Sun 30 Mar 14

shirtbox says...

They have plenty of room on site to accommodate a garden centre,get rid of some of the worst selling lines and use the unused parts of the car park,simple.
They have plenty of room on site to accommodate a garden centre,get rid of some of the worst selling lines and use the unused parts of the car park,simple. shirtbox
  • Score: 7

12:19am Mon 31 Mar 14

retsofad says...

Boundary Mill already has an empty store at their old site next to ASDA with plenty of car parking so why take green fields.
Colne Area Committee need to say NO to this development.
You only have to look round the country to see the large number of Garden Centers that have gone out of business and finish up being a housing development.. Perhaps this is what Richard Bannister now wants to get into Housing Development????????
Boundary Mill already has an empty store at their old site next to ASDA with plenty of car parking so why take green fields. Colne Area Committee need to say NO to this development. You only have to look round the country to see the large number of Garden Centers that have gone out of business and finish up being a housing development.. Perhaps this is what Richard Bannister now wants to get into Housing Development???????? retsofad
  • Score: 9

10:21am Mon 31 Mar 14

hugofakenham says...

A Darener wrote:
NIMBYs!
it's nowhere near your backyard so $iss off and get a life.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: NIMBYs![/p][/quote]it's nowhere near your backyard so $iss off and get a life. hugofakenham
  • Score: 0

10:21am Mon 31 Mar 14

hugofakenham says...

A Darener wrote:
NIMBYs!
it's nowhere near your backyard so $iss off and get a life.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: NIMBYs![/p][/quote]it's nowhere near your backyard so $iss off and get a life. hugofakenham
  • Score: 2

10:22am Mon 31 Mar 14

hugofakenham says...

DoggydogNo1 wrote:
valleyblue wrote:
When there are already several derelict sites in Colne where mills have been demolished I don`t think there is any need to build on greenfield sites.The town would be far better served by the development of an already existing site whilst at the same time removing an eyesore from thje town`s landscape.
they need that area to build slums to improve the local area
pirrock
[quote][p][bold]DoggydogNo1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]valleyblue[/bold] wrote: When there are already several derelict sites in Colne where mills have been demolished I don`t think there is any need to build on greenfield sites.The town would be far better served by the development of an already existing site whilst at the same time removing an eyesore from thje town`s landscape.[/p][/quote]they need that area to build slums to improve the local area[/p][/quote]pirrock hugofakenham
  • Score: 0

6:03am Tue 1 Apr 14

sim1846 says...

I see Richard is up to his old tricks again, yes this will create new Jobs, but it's the wrong location why can't he place this new development On the old mill site down on South Valley, which also has great links to Colne Rail Station, and a good road to it.


Colne Town Council should make Richard B build on this land, it can't be a bad thing for South Valley, and would bring in some much needed investment to the area, instead of it being a blank canvas.
I see Richard is up to his old tricks again, yes this will create new Jobs, but it's the wrong location why can't he place this new development On the old mill site down on South Valley, which also has great links to Colne Rail Station, and a good road to it. Colne Town Council should make Richard B build on this land, it can't be a bad thing for South Valley, and would bring in some much needed investment to the area, instead of it being a blank canvas. sim1846
  • Score: 1

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