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Call for ‘joined-up thinking’ over Darwen development plans
11:35am Friday 27th July 2012 in Darwen
A DARWEN town councillor said ‘joined up thinking’ needs to take place with upcoming developments in the town.
It was announced last week that a studio school for 300 pupils aged 14 to 19 will be built in the town.
And earlier this week, acrylics firm Lucite unveiled plans for an £18million development including a new supermarket building.
But town councillor Simon Huggill said the two plans could be combined with the land at Lucite used to house the new school.
Coun Huggill said: “Sir Rod Aldridge wants to have a 300-place studio school, what about either using the land at Lucite or the sports hall and some classrooms at Holden Fold?
“Using Holden Fold would provide tennis courts and playing fields, keep traffic away from the main road and reuse existing buildings. Using Lucite would give Lucite far longer term security of tenant. It strikes me that there is a lot of independent thinking going on, and this needs to be joined up.”
A site for the studio school has yet to be decided, while the Lucite development plans will be shown to the public on Tuesday at the site in Blackburn Road, from 3pm to 7pm.
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