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Land swap deal to build new homes in Burnley
A LAND swap deal has been agreed by council bosses to allow extra housing on the site of a health centre car park in Burnley.
Bosses at Burnley Wood Medical Centre have been offered an alternative site, on the other side of their premises, for replacement space.
The proposed move has been agreed as part of wide-ranging plans to build 132 homes in Burnley Wood, on land bordered by Parliament Street, Crowther Street, Branch Road, Oxford Road, Parkinson Street and Clarence Street.
Currently the health centre’s car park is located on the Parliament Street frontage.
But demolition is planned for six boarded-up properties at the top of Crowther Street, releasing the land for replacement spaces.
Anthony Saulle, a development surveyor for Burnley Council, said: “Part of Keepmoat’s planning application, which will be determined in the coming weeks, is to develop new housing on some of the existing car parking land along Parliament Street, and to develop replacement car parking at the corner of Parliament Street and Crowther Street. This makes best use of the land available along the Parliament Street boundary of the scheme, an important route into the town centre.”
The land swap arrangement has been approved by Coun Mark Townsend, deputy council leader, and resources cabinet member.
Controversy over the application has mainly surrounded the prospective loss of the Burnley Wood Youth and Community Centre, at the Glebe Street end of the development.
Town hall officials confirmed late last week that a decision on the full package has been delayed for several weeks so that extra consultations can take place.
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