Pendle business park to grow despite political row

Lancashire Telegraph: Councillor John David Councillor John David

A FORMER council leader has failed in a bid to prevent a major extension at one of East Lancashire’s largest industrial estates.

Council bosses in Pendle had earmarked Lomeshaye, near Nelson, as their prime target for economic expansion as part of the borough’s ‘core strategy’.

But Coun John David, who represents Old Laund Booth and formerly led the authority for the Liberal Democrats, has questioned the merits of extending Lomeshaye when a number of other old industrial sites would remain untouched.

He told a meeting of the full council that not only would developers be given ‘bribes’ from Pendle’s newly-acquired Assisted Area status, but they would also be allowed to rip up the surrounding countryside.

He said: “We should be reusing land so we are not gobbling up the greenbelt. And we can do that if we redevelop brownfield land.”

Coun David Whipp said such an approach would also assist areas of the borough which suffered from high unemployment rates. But Labour group leader Coun Mohammed Iqbal said that extending Lomeshaye was the most clear-cut strategic option, as it could be linked with other M65 corridor projects at Burnley Bridge, Network 65, Junction 7 and Whitebirk, near Blackburn.

Coun Iqbal said: “The reality is that big business, that will bring good jobs to the borough, will not relocate to some of our brownfield sites because they want easy access to the motorway.

“And the one place that has that is Lomeshaye industrial estate.”

Council leader Coun Joe Cooney said that Lomeshaye would also link in with the borough’s ambitious plans for Brierfield Mill.

Land at Trough Laithe Farm in Barrowford has been identified as having the greatest potential for housing development.

The core strategy will go out to consultation for six weeks, beginning this month.

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12:41am Thu 2 Jan 14

retsofad says...

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE REEDYFORD MILL SITE, CRAWFORD ST MILL SITE FOR INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION BOTH EAR MARKED FOR HOUSING. WHY TAKE GREEN FIELDS WHEN WE HAVE BROWNFIELD SITES RIGHT NEXT TO THE M65
I AGREE WITH Clr David use BROWNFIELD SITES FIRST. HANDS OFF OUR GREEN FIELDS.
Clr Iqbal doesn't want these 2 sites used for industry because it will mean knocking down some more poor housing stock in Bradley ward and we can't upset the residents living in cramped outdated properties can we.
Wake up Pendle Council get your priorities right. lose green fields or lose poor housing stock to create high tec jobs right in the heart of Nelson
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE REEDYFORD MILL SITE, CRAWFORD ST MILL SITE FOR INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION BOTH EAR MARKED FOR HOUSING. WHY TAKE GREEN FIELDS WHEN WE HAVE BROWNFIELD SITES RIGHT NEXT TO THE M65 I AGREE WITH Clr David use BROWNFIELD SITES FIRST. HANDS OFF OUR GREEN FIELDS. Clr Iqbal doesn't want these 2 sites used for industry because it will mean knocking down some more poor housing stock in Bradley ward and we can't upset the residents living in cramped outdated properties can we. Wake up Pendle Council get your priorities right. lose green fields or lose poor housing stock to create high tec jobs right in the heart of Nelson retsofad

4:55pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Izanears says...

While some may accuse Councillor John David of Not In My Back Yard ism, I can't help but agree with him. Brown field sites must be used before green field sites or else we will have no countryside left.
While some may accuse Councillor John David of Not In My Back Yard ism, I can't help but agree with him. Brown field sites must be used before green field sites or else we will have no countryside left. Izanears

9:25pm Thu 2 Jan 14

It's a spade! says...

This council couldn't start a fire in a match factory.

The "Peels" site at Barrowford has just been given permission to change use from office and light industrial to housing. Why? because no one wants the commercial premises!

I really don't know how stupid Pendle BC are or perhaps how important they think they are in their own minds.

There is also to be an vehicle access point on the by-pass. Increase of traffic into rural areas!

In addition to this they want to spend £25 Million on converting an old mill in Brierfield into a hotel, offices, homes, a canal barge marina and a pub. The pub is especially brilliant as this is in the middle of a largely muslim area. I don't know if the council know this but hundreds of pubs close every week in the UK. Its not the thing to be investing in and certainly not in an unsuitable area. Tourists don't want to visit vast industrial estates. they want to see beautiful scenery and countryside, history and culture. Things worth seeing!

They also want to build a pointless by-pass through beautiful green belt and freely admit that it would only be viable if there are industrial/commercia
l parks at each end (so that is even more green belt taken for commercial space). By the time this is ever completed and the usual over spend has gone on you will be looking at best part of £100 million.

The point is just who exactly is going to fill these premises? As we can see they can't fill/rent/lease/sell the ones they've got. Just so long as Barnfield can stick their fingers in the pie and Boundary Mill can do what ever they want then lard ar$e Cooney and his cronies will be happy.
This council couldn't start a fire in a match factory. The "Peels" site at Barrowford has just been given permission to change use from office and light industrial to housing. Why? because no one wants the commercial premises! I really don't know how stupid Pendle BC are or perhaps how important they think they are in their own minds. There is also to be an vehicle access point on the by-pass. Increase of traffic into rural areas! In addition to this they want to spend £25 Million on converting an old mill in Brierfield into a hotel, offices, homes, a canal barge marina and a pub. The pub is especially brilliant as this is in the middle of a largely muslim area. I don't know if the council know this but hundreds of pubs close every week in the UK. Its not the thing to be investing in and certainly not in an unsuitable area. Tourists don't want to visit vast industrial estates. they want to see beautiful scenery and countryside, history and culture. Things worth seeing! They also want to build a pointless by-pass through beautiful green belt and freely admit that it would only be viable if there are industrial/commercia l parks at each end (so that is even more green belt taken for commercial space). By the time this is ever completed and the usual over spend has gone on you will be looking at best part of £100 million. The point is just who exactly is going to fill these premises? As we can see they can't fill/rent/lease/sell the ones they've got. Just so long as Barnfield can stick their fingers in the pie and Boundary Mill can do what ever they want then lard ar$e Cooney and his cronies will be happy. It's a spade!

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