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Ambitious plans for Burnley's future

Lancashire Telegraph: Burnley has visions of becoming a retail hub Burnley has visions of becoming a retail hub

BURNLEY Council has produced the first draft of its vision for 2030, including a new permanent travellers’ site as reported yesterday. It wants residents to help create the final version submitted to ministers next year. Local government reporter Bill Jacobs has been looking at politicians’ ambitions for the borough and how they intend to make them a reality BURNLEY, Padiham and surrounding villages will be home to thousands of wealthy, ambitious young commuters earning their living in the big cities of Manchester, Leeds and Preston by 2030.

Its days as an isolated East Lancashire former mill town will be long gone if borough leader Julie Cooper and her planners have their way.

New and improved road and rail links and between 900 and 2,250 mainly executive new homes will draw upwardly mobile 20 and 30-somethings who want a relaxed lifestyle amid beautiful countryside away from big city bustle to the borough.

Coun Cooper admits the vision set out in a 179-page consultation document is ‘a big change’ in how the borough is traditionally viewed, saying: “The days of Burnley being an isolated mill town are past.”

She wants to build on its recent title of the UK’s ‘most enterprising area’ and the reopening of the Todmorden Curve direct rail link to Manchester later this year and capitalise on its low property prices, lovingly-preserved Victorian buildings, parks and open spaces and rural setting in a bowl of hills to make it the ‘place of choice’ for aspiring young people in the North.

Coun Cooper said: “It is a two pronged approach, attracting wealthy young commuters to our borough to kick-start an economy of modern, hi-tech industries and thriving leisure and night-time activities where they can spend their money.”

The plan’s vision of the borough in 2030 states: “Its excellent road and rail links to Manchester, Preston and Leeds and its attractive countryside setting have encouraged people to move into the town and Burnley’s population has grown significantly over the past 10 years.

“The borough’s rich industrial heritage, the unique character of the canal, now flanked by contemporary houses, cafes and bars, its fine Victorian Parks and ready access to the upland moorlands of the Pennines have seen the town firmly established as a prime residential location for the Manchester city region.”

The plan envisages the borough pressing for better cross-Pennine road and rail links, improvements to the M65 West to Preston and major upgrades of the route via the M66 to Manchester as part of the Lancashire county transport plan.

To meet the needs of potential new residents, it wants to boost Burnley as a shopping hub and turn empty retail premises into cafes, bars and upmarket restaurants while redeveloping Padiham town centre as a Hebden Bridge-style network of niche shops, craft workshops, specialist cafes and bars to complement rather than compete with its bigger neighbour.

The draft plan identifies sites for rural executive homes on main roads into the borough and the outskirts of the urban core including the former Ridgewood High School, Higher Saxifield, Hollins Cross Farm, off Rossendale Road, behind the Bull and Butcher on Manchester Road and North of Bronte Avenue.

Town centre ‘brownfield’ housing sites include Branch Road, Colne Road the former Hameldon Schools, and land once used by Dorma on Casterton Avenue and Baxi in Padiham.

The planners hope as a spin off, families and singletons coming into the borough will buy and upgrade some of the thousands of cheap terraced houses, perhaps two or three and knocking them together for less than the price of a city centre apartment or a house in a popular Manchester suburb.

It foresees a major boost to post-16 education with new university developments and hi-tech jobs around the Weaver’s Triangle and Knowledge and Burnley Bridge Business Parks.

While everything is options, it also proposes opening Burnley’s culverted waterways to reduce flooding and enhance the town centre’s attractiveness and encouraging horse riding centres on the hills to cater for the new wealthier residents.

Planners want residents to download the document from the council website, contact officials with their views and attend drop-in sessions around the borough on the plan later this year.

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11:38am Fri 10 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

There going to demolish it!!!!!
There going to demolish it!!!!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 6

12:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Jack Herer says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
There going to demolish it!!!!!
Burnley are well on the up - that's just the truth.

Burnley have technology parks which thrive. Blackburn have ones which close due to embarrassing council mismanagement.

People might knock the Lib Dems, but just compare Burnley with Blackburn. They have the same demographic challenges, but since the Burnley electorate chose to ditch Labour in favour of the Lib Dems, their town has improved dramatically, whilst Blackburn, with its ever entrenched and blinkered Labour leadership, has simply declined and declined.

Tragic but true.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: There going to demolish it!!!!![/p][/quote]Burnley are well on the up - that's just the truth. Burnley have technology parks which thrive. Blackburn have ones which close due to embarrassing council mismanagement. People might knock the Lib Dems, but just compare Burnley with Blackburn. They have the same demographic challenges, but since the Burnley electorate chose to ditch Labour in favour of the Lib Dems, their town has improved dramatically, whilst Blackburn, with its ever entrenched and blinkered Labour leadership, has simply declined and declined. Tragic but true. Jack Herer
  • Score: 10

12:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

RobH2O says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
There going to demolish it!!!!!
You are a creep and an inadequate.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: There going to demolish it!!!!![/p][/quote]You are a creep and an inadequate. RobH2O
  • Score: -9

1:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

DaveBurnley says...

These pretend consultations are a joke. Julie Cooper and her cronies have decided what they are going to do.

Does she really think that people can be fooled into thinking that their views matter to her?
These pretend consultations are a joke. Julie Cooper and her cronies have decided what they are going to do. Does she really think that people can be fooled into thinking that their views matter to her? DaveBurnley
  • Score: 11

3:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Jack Herer wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
There going to demolish it!!!!!
Burnley are well on the up - that's just the truth.

Burnley have technology parks which thrive. Blackburn have ones which close due to embarrassing council mismanagement.

People might knock the Lib Dems, but just compare Burnley with Blackburn. They have the same demographic challenges, but since the Burnley electorate chose to ditch Labour in favour of the Lib Dems, their town has improved dramatically, whilst Blackburn, with its ever entrenched and blinkered Labour leadership, has simply declined and declined.

Tragic but true.
Totally agree with your Lib Dem statement, Blackburn has kept Labour in for far far to long, block voting by the Asian community has helped them and Labour has certainly repaid them!!My old town has gone to the dogs and I am glad to be out of there.
[quote][p][bold]Jack Herer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: There going to demolish it!!!!![/p][/quote]Burnley are well on the up - that's just the truth. Burnley have technology parks which thrive. Blackburn have ones which close due to embarrassing council mismanagement. People might knock the Lib Dems, but just compare Burnley with Blackburn. They have the same demographic challenges, but since the Burnley electorate chose to ditch Labour in favour of the Lib Dems, their town has improved dramatically, whilst Blackburn, with its ever entrenched and blinkered Labour leadership, has simply declined and declined. Tragic but true.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with your Lib Dem statement, Blackburn has kept Labour in for far far to long, block voting by the Asian community has helped them and Labour has certainly repaid them!!My old town has gone to the dogs and I am glad to be out of there. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 5

4:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

RobH2O wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
There going to demolish it!!!!!
You are a creep and an inadequate.
Chill out Robbo, it was a joke , your funnier on the sports pages for god sake.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: There going to demolish it!!!!![/p][/quote]You are a creep and an inadequate.[/p][/quote]Chill out Robbo, it was a joke , your funnier on the sports pages for god sake. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 3

4:56pm Fri 10 Jan 14

blackburnwithdarwen says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
There going to demolish it!!!!!
Like it!

But most of the old Industrial towns in Lancashire have the same problems. Labouring problems nothing more!
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: There going to demolish it!!!!![/p][/quote]Like it! But most of the old Industrial towns in Lancashire have the same problems. Labouring problems nothing more! blackburnwithdarwen
  • Score: 2

5:17pm Fri 10 Jan 14

leyton says...

2,250 mainly executive new homes will draw upwardly mobile 20 and 30-somethings haha unreal.I cant stop laughing ever since i read this .Burnley the most corrupt council o know thinks that the population is going up lol.Just raed the government figures we have been losing people every year including last year for the last 12 years hahahahaha.All she wants to do is join the thieves in parliament and become a millionaire with in 4 years .Ussher managed it in 3 years.
2,250 mainly executive new homes will draw upwardly mobile 20 and 30-somethings haha unreal.I cant stop laughing ever since i read this .Burnley the most corrupt council o know thinks that the population is going up lol.Just raed the government figures we have been losing people every year including last year for the last 12 years hahahahaha.All she wants to do is join the thieves in parliament and become a millionaire with in 4 years .Ussher managed it in 3 years. leyton
  • Score: 8

5:21pm Fri 10 Jan 14

leyton says...

The borough’s rich industrial heritage, the unique character of the canal, now flanked by contemporary houses, cafes and bars;nearly missed this bit.Asfar as i know there is one pub on the canal accessible to the public and no restaurants .The canal is a wste of space through Burnley Cooper is a total moron and a liar.
The borough’s rich industrial heritage, the unique character of the canal, now flanked by contemporary houses, cafes and bars;nearly missed this bit.Asfar as i know there is one pub on the canal accessible to the public and no restaurants .The canal is a wste of space through Burnley Cooper is a total moron and a liar. leyton
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Fri 10 Jan 14

mayor07 says...

It's fair enough for people to be sceptical about whether such plans are realistic and deliverable. However, I find it remarkable that some people would criticise the vision and aspirations to continue to improve the town. What do these people want - for the council to sit back and watch the town decline instead of showing ambition and intent? It's quite pathetic really and some will be negative about anything and everything.
It's fair enough for people to be sceptical about whether such plans are realistic and deliverable. However, I find it remarkable that some people would criticise the vision and aspirations to continue to improve the town. What do these people want - for the council to sit back and watch the town decline instead of showing ambition and intent? It's quite pathetic really and some will be negative about anything and everything. mayor07
  • Score: 6

7:01pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Copperhead says...

I was in Burnley today and something needs doing to it - it's dying on it's feet.
I felt as though I was walking through a town in a country which had just lost a war and had been pillaged by enemy troops.
I can't see any " upwardly mobile " types wanting to come to Burnley. Especially if travellers have a permanent site there - if you are buying an "executive" home the last thing you want on your doorstep is a nest of travelling thieves and human locusts.
And what's all this crap about a relaxed lifestyle ? To buy an "executive" house these days, 99% of households need both husband and wife working full time and if they work in places like manchester or Leeds, they will spend so much time travelling that the only way they will be able to relax is to get bladdered on Pinot Grigio.
Face it - places like Burnley are finished. They grew up into what they were a generation ago because of industries now long gone and never to return.
Politicians killed Burnley and most of the rest of the UK by welcoming globalisation and allowing cheap imports rather than imposing import restrictions and tariffs in order to save our industries.
I was in Burnley today and something needs doing to it - it's dying on it's feet. I felt as though I was walking through a town in a country which had just lost a war and had been pillaged by enemy troops. I can't see any " upwardly mobile " types wanting to come to Burnley. Especially if travellers have a permanent site there - if you are buying an "executive" home the last thing you want on your doorstep is a nest of travelling thieves and human locusts. And what's all this crap about a relaxed lifestyle ? To buy an "executive" house these days, 99% of households need both husband and wife working full time and if they work in places like manchester or Leeds, they will spend so much time travelling that the only way they will be able to relax is to get bladdered on Pinot Grigio. Face it - places like Burnley are finished. They grew up into what they were a generation ago because of industries now long gone and never to return. Politicians killed Burnley and most of the rest of the UK by welcoming globalisation and allowing cheap imports rather than imposing import restrictions and tariffs in order to save our industries. Copperhead
  • Score: 9

7:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

leyton says...

mayor07 wrote:
It's fair enough for people to be sceptical about whether such plans are realistic and deliverable. However, I find it remarkable that some people would criticise the vision and aspirations to continue to improve the town. What do these people want - for the council to sit back and watch the town decline instead of showing ambition and intent? It's quite pathetic really and some will be negative about anything and everything.
i ts called be realistic and don't lie .The facts speak for themselves the population has been declining for the last 15 years.The council own poll put it at 45% of the population wanted to leave Burnley but couldn't afford to move because of the house prices.Have we no 20/30 somethings already or have they all left because this town is dying.think about it moron.This council has sat back and pocketed the brown envelopes whilst the so called visions never got built.Think about the headlines we have had lately and none has ever come to fruition.
[quote][p][bold]mayor07[/bold] wrote: It's fair enough for people to be sceptical about whether such plans are realistic and deliverable. However, I find it remarkable that some people would criticise the vision and aspirations to continue to improve the town. What do these people want - for the council to sit back and watch the town decline instead of showing ambition and intent? It's quite pathetic really and some will be negative about anything and everything.[/p][/quote]i ts called be realistic and don't lie .The facts speak for themselves the population has been declining for the last 15 years.The council own poll put it at 45% of the population wanted to leave Burnley but couldn't afford to move because of the house prices.Have we no 20/30 somethings already or have they all left because this town is dying.think about it moron.This council has sat back and pocketed the brown envelopes whilst the so called visions never got built.Think about the headlines we have had lately and none has ever come to fruition. leyton
  • Score: 2

7:21pm Fri 10 Jan 14

leyton says...

BURNLEY Council leader Julie Cooper believes new census figures reveal the borough has turned the corner in terms of losing residents – despite a 2.8 per cent drop in population.


new figures show the Burnley’s population reduced from 89,500 to 87,000 over 10 years, but that was significantly less than the government’s last projection which predicted a drop to 85,153.
This proves thaT COOPER IS A BLATANT FOOL AND A LIAR .
BURNLEY Council leader Julie Cooper believes new census figures reveal the borough has turned the corner in terms of losing residents – despite a 2.8 per cent drop in population. new figures show the Burnley’s population reduced from 89,500 to 87,000 over 10 years, but that was significantly less than the government’s last projection which predicted a drop to 85,153. This proves thaT COOPER IS A BLATANT FOOL AND A LIAR . leyton
  • Score: 4

8:10pm Fri 10 Jan 14

mayor07 says...

Leyton, you are correct to point out that the town's population is in decline, but that shouldn't stop long term planning for improvements. Some of the other stuff you have written is libelous and I think you need to tread carefully.
Leyton, you are correct to point out that the town's population is in decline, but that shouldn't stop long term planning for improvements. Some of the other stuff you have written is libelous and I think you need to tread carefully. mayor07
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Sun 12 Jan 14

turbo5 says...

The best thing that could happen to Burnley is for the old 2 up 2 down terraced housing to be knocked down in the deperived areas.
Burnley was mainly a manufacturing town, now majority of that has finished with only high end technology (Aersopace etc) remaining. The jobs for the masses no longer exist. The days of 500+ sewing machinsts at Dorma, Elgin etc are finished as are the 1000's of semi skilled operators at Michelin Lucas, Prestige, Hapton Valley, Unfortunately the town doesn't need a 80K + population anymore. which leaves a surplus of cheap homes that get filled with people who don't work and the outcasts from the rest of the world. As you can imagine these areas breed crime, scrotes, chavs and all the black market economies imaginable. Just look at the shopping centre its Poundland central ! The schools are filled up with their kids and the decline begins, decent folk move out, people educate their kids out of town.
The key is to knock down the deprived houses and don't build any more social housing or the problem just manifests itself again, Burnley should have a population of 30K to 40K with decent townhouses semi's or detached properties in mainly private ownership then the cafe bars and wine bars will be popular, I am quite surprised a Labour council has this vision its more of a Tory vision. nostalgia for the past and trying to recreate the 1960's isn't going to happen.
The best thing that could happen to Burnley is for the old 2 up 2 down terraced housing to be knocked down in the deperived areas. Burnley was mainly a manufacturing town, now majority of that has finished with only high end technology (Aersopace etc) remaining. The jobs for the masses no longer exist. The days of 500+ sewing machinsts at Dorma, Elgin etc are finished as are the 1000's of semi skilled operators at Michelin Lucas, Prestige, Hapton Valley, Unfortunately the town doesn't need a 80K + population anymore. which leaves a surplus of cheap homes that get filled with people who don't work and the outcasts from the rest of the world. As you can imagine these areas breed crime, scrotes, chavs and all the black market economies imaginable. Just look at the shopping centre its Poundland central ! The schools are filled up with their kids and the decline begins, decent folk move out, people educate their kids out of town. The key is to knock down the deprived houses and don't build any more social housing or the problem just manifests itself again, Burnley should have a population of 30K to 40K with decent townhouses semi's or detached properties in mainly private ownership then the cafe bars and wine bars will be popular, I am quite surprised a Labour council has this vision its more of a Tory vision. nostalgia for the past and trying to recreate the 1960's isn't going to happen. turbo5
  • Score: 0

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