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Haslingden car park development gets go-ahead
1:58pm Friday 22nd March 2013 in News
A MAJOR car park development that faced objections from residents has been given the green light.
Haslingden firm Solomon Commercials wanted to use green belt land, off Manchester Road, to house 92 of its temperature-contolled vehicles.
The proposals were approved by five votes to two at a meeting of Rossendale Council’s development control committee.
Lancashire Police had raised fears that the proposed site would be prone to crime, while 19 residents, including Councillor Gladys Sandiford, wrote letters to the council opposing the scheme.
A previous bid by the firm to build a car park over a pond in Kingsway was withdrawn last September after concerns were raised by neighbours.
Solomon Commercials said it was vital that the car park got the go-ahead for the company to remain in Haslingden, adding that its creation could lead to 95 new long-term jobs.
In a supporting statement, the company said: “The managing directors of Solomon Commercials are Rossendale people, educated at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, and live in the valley.
“The aim is to keep jobs, and growth, in Rossendale, if at all possible.”
The planning permission is subject to a number of conditions relating to security, delivery times and access issues.
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