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Plan for Blackburn rehab village 'dropped'
4:49pm Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
CONFUSION reigns over plans to build a drugs rehabilitation village in an area of Blackburn.
Blackburn with Darwen Council, which was in discussions with developer Cunningham Hart Investments over the former Scotland Bank Mill site in Heys Lane, Ewood, said it was its understanding that the idea had been dropped.
But when asked by the Lancashire Telegraph, the developer said no decision would be made ‘until November.’
Residents living in Ewood had campaigned against the facility, which was proposed to be the biggest of its kind in East Lancashire, catering for hundreds of addicts a year with 24 detox units, 18 bedsits and 18 flats.
It was widely claimed that the development was ‘totally unsuitable’ and was also ‘too large’ for the site.
Ewood Councillor Maureen Bateson said: “The council’s understanding is that the developers have pulled out.“There was a lot of public opposition to the intentions, and I think the developers were taken aback by the strength of feeling.
“Very few people were in favour and there were lots and lots of concerns, because it’s a very densly populated site.”
A spokesman for Cunningham Hart Investments said: “At the moment, no decision has been made.
“We are still evaluating the feedback received from local residents.”