Former Nelson Woolworth's to be flats and shops

PLANS to transform one of Nelson’s most prominent empty buildings have been given the green light by councillors.

The Myan Partnership, based in Fountain Street, Nelson, purchased the former Woolworth’s building in August this year.

Brothers Naveed and Naheem Younis submitted plans to convert the top floor of the sprawling property to 11 separate flats, with some alterations to the ground floor to create shops on the Scotland Road and Leeds Road frontages.

This week, councillors sitting on the Nelson area committee voted overwhelmingly to approve those plans and bring the building back into use. Nelson councillor Eileen Ansar said: “It is good to see something positive being done with the building and something that could bring jobs to Nelson.

“It is a shame it has taken so long to progress but it could be good for Nelson.

“The only thing we have asked is that the original sign frontages are kept. They were part of the natural glory of the shop.”

The L-shaped building, part of which was originally a Burton’s store and the remainder the former Woolworth’s, has been empty for at least six years and was also previously used by a freezer goods retailer.

The last major renovation project was when the owners of the Nelson Bazaar converted the former Poundland premises at the corner of Leeds Road and Holme Street.

New tenants are still being sought for the Victory Centre, including the town’s former post office, which is currently only home to a bookmakers and a dress and fabrics store.

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4:16pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Izanears says...

According to a newspaper article, the council were so glad to get rid of this building that they sold it for £15,000! Why did they and Pearl not develop it?
According to a newspaper article, the council were so glad to get rid of this building that they sold it for £15,000! Why did they and Pearl not develop it? Izanears

5:39pm Fri 6 Dec 13

M Foster says...

More shops to add to all the other empty shops, especially in the Arndale? Great! Town centres are dying all over the country due to internet shopping and favoured out-of-town stores. What about halving the rates for the existing small businesses for a period to see if it attracts new occupiers to fill some of them or has this been tried before?
More shops to add to all the other empty shops, especially in the Arndale? Great! Town centres are dying all over the country due to internet shopping and favoured out-of-town stores. What about halving the rates for the existing small businesses for a period to see if it attracts new occupiers to fill some of them or has this been tried before? M Foster

6:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

ganja man says...

A number of issues are raised by this article which need addressing and investigating as a matter of public concern.
Why was such a large piece of real estate in the town centre sold for only £15,000? What were the economic facts which allowed this to happen and who is responsible?This impacts on all council tax payers here in pendle.

Another point which is clearly been overlooked is that in Nelson there is an oversupply of one and two bedroom flats.
There are numerous housing associations who have new developments from the last 15 years and there are empty flats within these including to name a few

Flats above Victory centre,
Flats on Railway St
Flats on corner of Brunswick St/Chapelhouse Rd
Flats on Netherfield Rd
Flats on Carr Rd

This does NOT include the hundreds of EMPTY private flats which are very diffcult to let.

Now if we include the over 1100 empty homes in Nelson then where is the demand for the accomodation?
By attracting the wrong type of tenants certain neighbourhoods have been badly affected and as a result will never recover. Landlords and Pendle Borough Council should be held accountable.

Who wants to buy the new houses which have been renovated by Pendle Borough Council in the town centre??

Town centres have been changed forever and new radical proposals are needed to demolish the oversupply of commercial premises including shops and manufacturing premises and building NEW HOUSING complemented by new community facilties such as schools. This will sustain town centres of the future.
Nelson missed the opportunity in the late 1980's and early 1990's and for that we blame the councillors of that era for their lack of foresight. The present buch of councillors sadly are not much better.
A number of issues are raised by this article which need addressing and investigating as a matter of public concern. Why was such a large piece of real estate in the town centre sold for only £15,000? What were the economic facts which allowed this to happen and who is responsible?This impacts on all council tax payers here in pendle. Another point which is clearly been overlooked is that in Nelson there is an oversupply of one and two bedroom flats. There are numerous housing associations who have new developments from the last 15 years and there are empty flats within these including to name a few Flats above Victory centre, Flats on Railway St Flats on corner of Brunswick St/Chapelhouse Rd Flats on Netherfield Rd Flats on Carr Rd This does NOT include the hundreds of EMPTY private flats which are very diffcult to let. Now if we include the over 1100 empty homes in Nelson then where is the demand for the accomodation? By attracting the wrong type of tenants certain neighbourhoods have been badly affected and as a result will never recover. Landlords and Pendle Borough Council should be held accountable. Who wants to buy the new houses which have been renovated by Pendle Borough Council in the town centre?? Town centres have been changed forever and new radical proposals are needed to demolish the oversupply of commercial premises including shops and manufacturing premises and building NEW HOUSING complemented by new community facilties such as schools. This will sustain town centres of the future. Nelson missed the opportunity in the late 1980's and early 1990's and for that we blame the councillors of that era for their lack of foresight. The present buch of councillors sadly are not much better. ganja man

7:04pm Fri 6 Dec 13

glossopkid says...

ganja man wrote:
A number of issues are raised by this article which need addressing and investigating as a matter of public concern.
Why was such a large piece of real estate in the town centre sold for only £15,000? What were the economic facts which allowed this to happen and who is responsible?This impacts on all council tax payers here in pendle.

Another point which is clearly been overlooked is that in Nelson there is an oversupply of one and two bedroom flats.
There are numerous housing associations who have new developments from the last 15 years and there are empty flats within these including to name a few

Flats above Victory centre,
Flats on Railway St
Flats on corner of Brunswick St/Chapelhouse Rd
Flats on Netherfield Rd
Flats on Carr Rd

This does NOT include the hundreds of EMPTY private flats which are very diffcult to let.

Now if we include the over 1100 empty homes in Nelson then where is the demand for the accomodation?
By attracting the wrong type of tenants certain neighbourhoods have been badly affected and as a result will never recover. Landlords and Pendle Borough Council should be held accountable.

Who wants to buy the new houses which have been renovated by Pendle Borough Council in the town centre??

Town centres have been changed forever and new radical proposals are needed to demolish the oversupply of commercial premises including shops and manufacturing premises and building NEW HOUSING complemented by new community facilties such as schools. This will sustain town centres of the future.
Nelson missed the opportunity in the late 1980's and early 1990's and for that we blame the councillors of that era for their lack of foresight. The present buch of councillors sadly are not much better.
Ganja man, glad to have you back mate.
[quote][p][bold]ganja man[/bold] wrote: A number of issues are raised by this article which need addressing and investigating as a matter of public concern. Why was such a large piece of real estate in the town centre sold for only £15,000? What were the economic facts which allowed this to happen and who is responsible?This impacts on all council tax payers here in pendle. Another point which is clearly been overlooked is that in Nelson there is an oversupply of one and two bedroom flats. There are numerous housing associations who have new developments from the last 15 years and there are empty flats within these including to name a few Flats above Victory centre, Flats on Railway St Flats on corner of Brunswick St/Chapelhouse Rd Flats on Netherfield Rd Flats on Carr Rd This does NOT include the hundreds of EMPTY private flats which are very diffcult to let. Now if we include the over 1100 empty homes in Nelson then where is the demand for the accomodation? By attracting the wrong type of tenants certain neighbourhoods have been badly affected and as a result will never recover. Landlords and Pendle Borough Council should be held accountable. Who wants to buy the new houses which have been renovated by Pendle Borough Council in the town centre?? Town centres have been changed forever and new radical proposals are needed to demolish the oversupply of commercial premises including shops and manufacturing premises and building NEW HOUSING complemented by new community facilties such as schools. This will sustain town centres of the future. Nelson missed the opportunity in the late 1980's and early 1990's and for that we blame the councillors of that era for their lack of foresight. The present buch of councillors sadly are not much better.[/p][/quote]Ganja man, glad to have you back mate. glossopkid

6:16pm Sat 7 Dec 13

ron1946 says...

are all the council mad stop trying to polish a turd .pull nelistan down and start again
are all the council mad stop trying to polish a turd .pull nelistan down and start again ron1946

10:24am Sun 8 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

That bloody Eileen again....
That bloody Eileen again.... Sajdin

4:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

I believe they were offered a great deal more than 15 grand 12 month's earlier by an existing retailer in the town and was turned down???
I believe they were offered a great deal more than 15 grand 12 month's earlier by an existing retailer in the town and was turned down??? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123

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