Barrowford Morrisons’ mini store bid sparks plans row

Barrowford Morrisons’ mini store bid sparks plans row

Barrowford Morrisons’ mini store bid sparks plans row

First published in News

A ROW has broken out over the opening of a supermarket in Barrowford.

Morrisons’ smaller convenience store ‘M Local’ is set to open on the site of the former petrol station in Gisburn Road, Barrowford.

But there is confusion over the status of planning applications for the site, which has angered other local traders.

Both Pendle Council and Morrisons have acknowledged ‘planning issues’ to do with the site.

They are believed to revolve around the application for a store, which was originally made as four separate units, and also plans for a large sign outside the M Local, which was erected before planning permission had been granted.

Gerard Threadgould, who runs the Spar shop in the village, said: “We just think everybody should play by the same rules.

“Morrisons is supposed to open in September but there are still unanswered planning questions about the site.

“As a family business in the village we are happy to adapt our offering to compete, and we will be opening a smoothie bar next month.”

A Morrisons spokesperson said: “We are aware of concerns regarding the new M Local store in Barrowford and we are already working closely with the developer and Pendle Borough Council to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.”

Pendle Council confirmed that it is aware of a number of planning issues.

Philip Mousdale, deputy chief executive of Pendle Council, said: “We’re currently in discussions with all relevant parties to ensure that they’re resolved at the earliest opportunity.”

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7:49pm Thu 28 Aug 14

phil kernot says...

We never knew we was getting one , it's nearly finished on old infirmary site ...
We never knew we was getting one , it's nearly finished on old infirmary site ... phil kernot
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10:07pm Thu 28 Aug 14

wet n windy says...

It's so weird.....as last year a place was force to close as we had enough cafés according to the local plan. For a village/town the size of Barrowford I really do not understand how on top of a Spar, a Booths, a nearby Asda and Morrsions we need another morrisons local....how does this fit in with the local plan ? And that sign, it's an insult to the area, completely dominates the entire road - disgraceful !
It's so weird.....as last year a place was force to close as we had enough cafés according to the local plan. For a village/town the size of Barrowford I really do not understand how on top of a Spar, a Booths, a nearby Asda and Morrsions we need another morrisons local....how does this fit in with the local plan ? And that sign, it's an insult to the area, completely dominates the entire road - disgraceful ! wet n windy
  • Score: 2

10:43pm Thu 28 Aug 14

doggydog says...

“As a family business in the village we are happy to adapt our offering to compete, and we will be opening a smoothie bar next month.”

Wow!
“As a family business in the village we are happy to adapt our offering to compete, and we will be opening a smoothie bar next month.” Wow! doggydog
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11:18pm Thu 28 Aug 14

It's a spade! says...

The sign doesn't have planning permission ans was erected without such!

The design of the store does not match the planning application that was submitted!

But hey ho! They've stocked the shop so stuff the rules! I for one will not be going in. There is absolutely no need for it. There was no need for booths either and they've sha@fted the planning system as well! One rule for one and different one for those with the money!

The Spar has served the village well for years OK it's not always the cheapest but they've always had what you need and nice friendly staff.

Stuff the Yorkshire Sheep Sh@ggers!!!!!!
The sign doesn't have planning permission ans was erected without such! The design of the store does not match the planning application that was submitted! But hey ho! They've stocked the shop so stuff the rules! I for one will not be going in. There is absolutely no need for it. There was no need for booths either and they've sha@fted the planning system as well! One rule for one and different one for those with the money! The Spar has served the village well for years OK it's not always the cheapest but they've always had what you need and nice friendly staff. Stuff the Yorkshire Sheep Sh@ggers!!!!!! It's a spade!
  • Score: 1

5:35pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Catty girl says...

I can't understand all the fuss except for the impact on traffic through the village! Let's face it the people of blacko, higher ford, barrowford and surrounding areas will not have to ever venture into the grot hole town of Nelson again! That's not a bad thing is it? It's here and Booths is soon get over it stop moaning and enjoy shopping local! Simples!
I can't understand all the fuss except for the impact on traffic through the village! Let's face it the people of blacko, higher ford, barrowford and surrounding areas will not have to ever venture into the grot hole town of Nelson again! That's not a bad thing is it? It's here and Booths is soon get over it stop moaning and enjoy shopping local! Simples! Catty girl
  • Score: 1

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