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Delay hitch hits £7m Bacup supermarket
3:14pm Monday 18th June 2012 in News
WORK on Bacup’s new £7million Morrisons supermarket will not begin until September — four months behind schedule.
Architects at Race Cottam Associates, working on the store on behalf of Morrisons, said that Rossendale Council has still not vacated the site and therefore demolition work had been delayed.
But leader Alyson Barnes said they were not to blame.
She said that a hold-up in the transaction of the land was the reason for the postponement of work that was due to begin in May.
The council currently has a waste unit at nearby Henrietta Street and has been waiting for cash to be released to build a new depot.
She said: “In a situation like this the complexity of several ownerships means site acquisition is a difficult process.
That completion of that deal is imminent and the council is certainly not to blame for this.” Paul Nolan from Nolan Redshaw Chartered Surveyors said all demolition work needed to be done in one go.
He said: “We are chomping at the bit to start work but we had hoped it would be a bit sooner than September.
“This demolition can’t be done in stages.
“We’ve made the commitment and were hoping to start something in July or August.”
Stuart Sugarman, an executive director at Rossendale council said there were ‘justifiable reasons for the delay but not on the council’s part’. It is thought that the 2,020 sq metre store, which is due to open on the site of the former Horace’s nightclub in January next year, will create around 110 jobs.
The development in Lee Street has been touted since 2006 and permission was finally granted in March this year.
The deal originally hit a stumbling block when it was revealed the Co-op held a protective covenant stopping another major retailer from using the land off Lee Street and Gas Street.
Council chiefs were forced to step in and use their compulsory purchase powers to buy the land, remove the covenant and sell it on to Morrisons.
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