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New Colne garden centre plans set to be decided

Lancashire Telegraph: Boundary Mill in Colne Boundary Mill in Colne

PROPOSALS to create a new garden centre in Colne are set to go before a planning committee.

Plans submitted to Pendle Council for the 9,040sq m development in Greenfield Road, next to Boundary Mill, include a cafe and farm shop with an outdoor sales and display area.

If approved, a 452-space car park will be created, with servicing and circulation space, access.

A new roundabout would also be created in Whitewalls Drive, to cope with the traffic demands of the new store.

Further highways improvements, landscaping and associated ground works will also be carried out. Concerns have been raised over the impact the development would have on traffic in the area.

However it is also understood it could provide up to 300 jobs for East Lancashire.

The plans will be discussed at the committee meeting on March 6.

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2:03pm Sun 23 Feb 14

coates warder says...

in the wrong place the roads are already gridlocked sometimes as far as 2 miles back onto the M65 and the morris dancers..it does not say what is going to be done about the traffic now anymore and their just no point traveling that direction whatsoever. just to sit on a road like a carpark.lets see if pendle council have the guts to turn down the owners of boundry mill or if they are just yes men to the bannisters
in the wrong place the roads are already gridlocked sometimes as far as 2 miles back onto the M65 and the morris dancers..it does not say what is going to be done about the traffic now anymore and their just no point traveling that direction whatsoever. just to sit on a road like a carpark.lets see if pendle council have the guts to turn down the owners of boundry mill or if they are just yes men to the bannisters coates warder
  • Score: 4

3:53pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Catty girl says...

While I agree about traffic concerns and that is why we need a bypass! I do think boundary mill has done wonders for Colne and hopefully a garden centre will bring more people to the area and spend money in other small business in the town too , all this has to be positive for the area surely.
While I agree about traffic concerns and that is why we need a bypass! I do think boundary mill has done wonders for Colne and hopefully a garden centre will bring more people to the area and spend money in other small business in the town too , all this has to be positive for the area surely. Catty girl
  • Score: 5

5:55pm Sun 23 Feb 14

NorthernVoice says...

It will get passed, little doubt about that. Officials are already trying to get the public onside regarding the bypass, the extra traffic from this development will only help that. It's a win win situation (for most).
It will get passed, little doubt about that. Officials are already trying to get the public onside regarding the bypass, the extra traffic from this development will only help that. It's a win win situation (for most). NorthernVoice
  • Score: 5

7:02pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

What's the latest on the bypass? Have they decided which route it's going to take?
What's the latest on the bypass? Have they decided which route it's going to take? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 0

8:00pm Sun 23 Feb 14

hairy mary says...

Thry do a lovely fish and chips at boundary mill restaurant
Thry do a lovely fish and chips at boundary mill restaurant hairy mary
  • Score: 1

11:55pm Sun 23 Feb 14

retsofad says...

Why do Boundary Mill need to build on this land they have an empty shopping unit which they vacated when they built the new store. the unit is next to ASDA.
There is enough empty space at this unit and the car park is already there. use your heads when this comes before the Colne Committee and refuse telling Boundary Mill bossed to open in their old unit. it will still create jobs
Why do Boundary Mill need to build on this land they have an empty shopping unit which they vacated when they built the new store. the unit is next to ASDA. There is enough empty space at this unit and the car park is already there. use your heads when this comes before the Colne Committee and refuse telling Boundary Mill bossed to open in their old unit. it will still create jobs retsofad
  • Score: 3

6:34am Mon 24 Feb 14

Kevin, Colne says...

Councillors are in a very difficult position. They’ll be torn between the perceived economic benefits of the proposed development and the impact of the externalisation of other costs, such as increased traffic congestion and the loss of yet further green space.

Councils and councillors have no power to direct planning applications specifically towards unused or vacant properties.

Sadly the parties to the Coalition Government have placed councils in a very difficult situation in respect of planning matters since previously agreed Local Plans are no longer valid, and replacement plans are not yet agreed.

In this interregnum the developers are quite literally having a field day.

My over-riding feeling is one of great sadness that the two mainstream political parties in government have allowed this situation to occur.
Councillors are in a very difficult position. They’ll be torn between the perceived economic benefits of the proposed development and the impact of the externalisation of other costs, such as increased traffic congestion and the loss of yet further green space. Councils and councillors have no power to direct planning applications specifically towards unused or vacant properties. Sadly the parties to the Coalition Government have placed councils in a very difficult situation in respect of planning matters since previously agreed Local Plans are no longer valid, and replacement plans are not yet agreed. In this interregnum the developers are quite literally having a field day. My over-riding feeling is one of great sadness that the two mainstream political parties in government have allowed this situation to occur. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 2

11:34am Mon 24 Feb 14

David Richardson says...

This is a great idea and should be supported.

Looking forward to go there when it opens!!
This is a great idea and should be supported. Looking forward to go there when it opens!! David Richardson
  • Score: -1

3:03pm Mon 24 Feb 14

tonygreaves says...

Just a couple of factual points.

(1) This application will not be decided at the March committee meeting. There are still important discussions taking place with various "statutory bodies" including Lancashire County Council over highways matters.

(2) Kevin's comments apply very much to housing applications but less so to commercial and other applications where the old adopted Local Plan still applies.

(3) This land has had planning permission in the past for commercial development (including a hotel, and a store) which have not been acted upon. So the principle is not new though the new proposal is on a bigger scale.

(4) Councillors in Colne will make the decision, as always and as we have to, on "planning grounds" - ie within planning law, with careful regard to the recommendations of the planning manager. But we do not always accept what he recommends! As Kevin says, there is always a balance to be struck.

Tony Greaves
Just a couple of factual points. (1) This application will not be decided at the March committee meeting. There are still important discussions taking place with various "statutory bodies" including Lancashire County Council over highways matters. (2) Kevin's comments apply very much to housing applications but less so to commercial and other applications where the old adopted Local Plan still applies. (3) This land has had planning permission in the past for commercial development (including a hotel, and a store) which have not been acted upon. So the principle is not new though the new proposal is on a bigger scale. (4) Councillors in Colne will make the decision, as always and as we have to, on "planning grounds" - ie within planning law, with careful regard to the recommendations of the planning manager. But we do not always accept what he recommends! As Kevin says, there is always a balance to be struck. Tony Greaves tonygreaves
  • Score: 0

12:30am Tue 25 Feb 14

It's a spade! says...

300 jobs? What Garden centre in the UK employs 300 people? If you believe that then you must be truly stupid. Of course dangle the jobs carrot and the numpties on the council swallow it.

It has been well known that Boundary Mill are short of parking for their existing store. Thats why their staff block the leisure centre car park up all day long. I've been told that when the sales are on they're told NOT to park on their own car park but use the Sports centre.

People who come to Boundary Mill from out of the borough (I know a lot) do not ever visit anywhere else, it is straight off and then straight back on the motorway.

What about the jobs that will be lost by several existing garden centres being put out of business?

Tesco's used a simliar ploy to get store in Haslingden. It would be the first one you come to before either Asda or Sainsbury's.

How come when a bypass is wanted then the traffic on North Valley is terrible and something must be done yet when planning apps come in the current infrastructure is fine to support the extra traffic. I believe there is also another app for Glen Mills, Lidl.

What Bannister wants Bannister gets, including a bypass. Wouldn't be surprised if Barnfields don't do the building. It just ties off the loose ends. then.
300 jobs? What Garden centre in the UK employs 300 people? If you believe that then you must be truly stupid. Of course dangle the jobs carrot and the numpties on the council swallow it. It has been well known that Boundary Mill are short of parking for their existing store. Thats why their staff block the leisure centre car park up all day long. I've been told that when the sales are on they're told NOT to park on their own car park but use the Sports centre. People who come to Boundary Mill from out of the borough (I know a lot) do not ever visit anywhere else, it is straight off and then straight back on the motorway. What about the jobs that will be lost by several existing garden centres being put out of business? Tesco's used a simliar ploy to get store in Haslingden. It would be the first one you come to before either Asda or Sainsbury's. How come when a bypass is wanted then the traffic on North Valley is terrible and something must be done yet when planning apps come in the current infrastructure is fine to support the extra traffic. I believe there is also another app for Glen Mills, Lidl. What Bannister wants Bannister gets, including a bypass. Wouldn't be surprised if Barnfields don't do the building. It just ties off the loose ends. then. It's a spade!
  • Score: 0

8:49pm Sun 2 Mar 14

colner345 says...

Oh lovely. 300 minimum wage +10p jobs to keep Colne's citizens on the breadline. The coffee shops up Colne are booming but the little gift shops in the arcade and on the market n high street? Empty! Over half the folk that shop Bmill have never so much as driven up the main st in Colne. The best thing Mr B could do for the town because let's face it he's not going to go away, would be to pay his staff the living wage so the residents of colne could afford to keep the local business's afloat. I presume the mayor enjoyed the lunch Mr B buttered him up with.
Oh lovely. 300 minimum wage +10p jobs to keep Colne's citizens on the breadline. The coffee shops up Colne are booming but the little gift shops in the arcade and on the market n high street? Empty! Over half the folk that shop Bmill have never so much as driven up the main st in Colne. The best thing Mr B could do for the town because let's face it he's not going to go away, would be to pay his staff the living wage so the residents of colne could afford to keep the local business's afloat. I presume the mayor enjoyed the lunch Mr B buttered him up with. colner345
  • Score: 0

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