Wedding venue plan for East Lancs reservoir

The popular beauty spot, Wards Reservoir, Belmont, with an island in the middle

The popular beauty spot, Wards Reservoir, Belmont, with an island in the middle

First published in News

COUPLES could soon be tying the knot on an island in the middle of an East Lancashire reservoir.

Developers want to build a wedding and functions venue on the land at Wards Reservoir, Belmont.

The plans at the beauty spot off Rivington Road, better known as the Blue Lagoon, include parking for 28 vehicles and a bridge to the island.

Cheshire-based Walsingham Planning revealed the plans after putting a request to Blackburn with Darwen Council for its opinion on whether an ‘environmental impact assessment’ is required ahead of a planning application.

The site is owned by Blue Lagoon Heritage, which has maintained it for the past couple of years and is looking to recoup some of its expenses.

Within the document put to the council, Jonathan Vose, principal consultant at Walsingham Planning, said: “The development is relatively small in scale. A highly screened building is proposed, with limited views from Rivington Road. The proposed bridge will not have an imposing design and the car park will not be highly visible or imposing.”

He continued: “Any impacts of the development are considered to be minor in nature and localised. In visual terms, only a small area of the site will see any alteration. This will be in the form of a low scale and highly screened building which will blend into the site’s green, but previously industrialised, character.”

Landlady of the nearby Black Bull pub Tracey Marsden welcomed the proposal. She said: “It sounds lovely and I think all ventures like that should be welcomed.

“It can bring business to areas like ours as I think people would come over for a wedding and see the village and then come back in the future.”

But local councillor Jean Rigby said she didn’t feel the proposal was feasible. She said: “It is a dream. We will see what the council comes up with but I can’t see it happening.

“It will take away an area that has been used by residents of Belmont and beyond for walking for years and privatise it. I will be very surprised if it is granted permission.”

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12:10pm Sun 13 Apr 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

So it wont affect the way the place looks now then? There has always been a bridge across to the island too then? There has always been some form of building on the island too then? There has always been a carpark too there then? If so, then its ok as it wont affect the way it looks now then, will it? If not, bin the stupid idea and send it back to the stupid person who came up with the hair brained idea! I am all for development where its good for the everyday people who live in the local area but to have something that will be solely used to make money for the owner and a local pub which thinks its trade could and i stress could be increased and sod everyone else is beyond a joke!
So it wont affect the way the place looks now then? There has always been a bridge across to the island too then? There has always been some form of building on the island too then? There has always been a carpark too there then? If so, then its ok as it wont affect the way it looks now then, will it? If not, bin the stupid idea and send it back to the stupid person who came up with the hair brained idea! I am all for development where its good for the everyday people who live in the local area but to have something that will be solely used to make money for the owner and a local pub which thinks its trade could and i stress could be increased and sod everyone else is beyond a joke! DoggydogNo1
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12:27pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Bernard Righton says...

I'd prefer to see a mosque on the island and then multi faith services could be carried out.
I think it would look stunning and would be visible for miles around and as such would bring increased trade to the businesses in the village such as the pub.....
We should all embrace such initiatives with open arms
I'd prefer to see a mosque on the island and then multi faith services could be carried out. I think it would look stunning and would be visible for miles around and as such would bring increased trade to the businesses in the village such as the pub..... We should all embrace such initiatives with open arms Bernard Righton
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12:41pm Sun 13 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

Just to take one sentence from Vose's idiotic statement: "A highly screened building is proposed, with limited views from Rivington Road." -Really? The road is less than 50 feet from the island.
Just to take one sentence from Vose's idiotic statement: "A highly screened building is proposed, with limited views from Rivington Road." -Really? The road is less than 50 feet from the island. happycyclist
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Sun 13 Apr 14

supertrooper says...

Religious weddings are on the out-take- as is religion on the whole, so I think this pond would be better off as is- a nature walk.
Religious weddings are on the out-take- as is religion on the whole, so I think this pond would be better off as is- a nature walk. supertrooper
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