Colne restaurant plan for landmark gift shop

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: The former Tubbs gift shop, Colne The former Tubbs gift shop, Colne

A former gift emporium could be the next eating place to open along Colne’s rejuvenated main road.

Nicholas Richardson has unveiled proposals to overhaul the former Tubbs of Colne premises, at the corner of Albert Road and Princess Street, into a restaurant.

The family business, which also specialised in jewellery, closed in 2008 after nearly 120 years.

But in common with several other premises, the former police station building has become a prime target for redevelopment.

Mr Richardson, of Colne Road, Trawden, has submitted plans to Pendle Council to demolish a pitched roof to the rear of the building.

And in its place there would be two new extensions, alongside a new access door and steel staircase for flats on the upper floor.

The front patio would also be levelled, a ramp installed for access and the low-level wall would have steel barriers with glass inserts fitted.

Five full-time and 10 part-time posts would be created, according to planning agent Sam Richardson, of Wheatley Lane Road based Frank Belshaw Surveyors.

The Green Chimney cafe bar and The Venue, in the former Conservative Club, are both recent additions to the town's nightlife.

And work is also under way to renovate the ground floor of the post office building, which has been home to Mexican and Italian restaurants in recent years, ahead of an anticipated reopening under new ownership.

Sarah Lee, who runs La Dolce Vita in Albert Road, said: “It would be great to see another restaurant, especially with the work going on at the Old Post Office.”

Charles Tubbs established his giftware shop further in Albert Road in 1890 and his family retained a connection with the business until 1976.

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8:54pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Catty girl says...

I am a former resident of Brown street west just behind this fantastic building and my elderly mother still lives on there we are all in favour of bringing back life into these empty buildings and maker Colne the place people want to come and spend there money! But the council really needs to think hard about the impact another restaurant/ bar may have on these residents quality of life. since the opening of the Green Chimmney it has become almost impossible for the resident of all four blocks of Brown street west to park outside School drop off times especially evenings and weekends! They have had to endure endless acts of vandalism if they park away from the street on backstreets badly lit, and at weekends have had to put up with drunk fuelled revellers being sick and shouting on the street not to mention the litter and empty beer bottles thrown in the gutter! They have applied for resident parking outside school drop off times before and been refused because the inspections are obviously done during a weekday when most residents are at work etc! Try Thursday nights onwards! elderly residents struggle with getting shopping into there homes and are forced to park streets away when the business should be encouraging customers to park on the council car park down Albert road please please because we know it's going to get past in planning its and open and shut application friends in high places and all that mularky, take the residents views and a 38 signed petition and grant them parking this time you know it makes sense and don't forget May elections are just around the corner ! ,
I am a former resident of Brown street west just behind this fantastic building and my elderly mother still lives on there we are all in favour of bringing back life into these empty buildings and maker Colne the place people want to come and spend there money! But the council really needs to think hard about the impact another restaurant/ bar may have on these residents quality of life. since the opening of the Green Chimmney it has become almost impossible for the resident of all four blocks of Brown street west to park outside School drop off times especially evenings and weekends! They have had to endure endless acts of vandalism if they park away from the street on backstreets badly lit, and at weekends have had to put up with drunk fuelled revellers being sick and shouting on the street not to mention the litter and empty beer bottles thrown in the gutter! They have applied for resident parking outside school drop off times before and been refused because the inspections are obviously done during a weekday when most residents are at work etc! Try Thursday nights onwards! elderly residents struggle with getting shopping into there homes and are forced to park streets away when the business should be encouraging customers to park on the council car park down Albert road please please because we know it's going to get past in planning its and open and shut application friends in high places and all that mularky, take the residents views and a 38 signed petition and grant them parking this time you know it makes sense and don't forget May elections are just around the corner ! , Catty girl
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10:58am Fri 21 Feb 14

David Richardson says...

I think this is a great idea. Really looking forward to visiting it when it's opened!
I think this is a great idea. Really looking forward to visiting it when it's opened! David Richardson
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