Plans to convert a disused office building into 11 apartments have been met with objections over parking and access.

An application was submitted to Pendle Borough Council at the end of June by Yip Property North West Ltd to turn the former Exchange building on Spring Lane in Colne into eight one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments.

The building, which was used as offices, has been vacant for a while but residents say that while bringing the building back into use will prevent it from becoming neglected, they are unhappy about the number of vehicles that could potentially come with the leasing of the apartments, clogging-up the surrounding roads and causing issues with traffic in an already congested area.

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The application, submitted on June 22, states: “This is a non-parking development and is close to bus routes and rail networks.”

However, further along in the application form, a transport impact statement reads: “There is some off-street parking immediately around the building and there is a public car park in Linden Road approximately 150m away.

“The type of units proposed will be targeting single people or young couples looking for a base to travel to and from work, using public transport as much as possible.

“There is not a major impact of additional traffic around the site, as there will be fewer daily occupants than there currently are as office space.”

Objections submitted this week point out Linden Road car park is about to lose 20 parking spaces for new residents of the adjoining development of Linden House.

This, coupled with the possibility of there being 11 new cars from the conversion of The Exchange, would mean a quarter of the car park would be full before any local residents could use it, and before anyone visiting the nearby Muni Theatre could park there.

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One objection stated: “This will add to the aggravated parking situation in the local area, which is why we have resident parking bays in the first instance.

“Yes, the current residents in the area have parking passes but not everyone pays for one so they just park on the roadside where there are no resident parking bays.

“To state ‘there is not a major additional traffic impact around the site’ is wrong.

“There is very little day traffic but on evenings when the Spiritualist Church opens, the attendees are struggling to find spaces to park.”

Photographs have also been sent in to the council to support the objections, and show a typical evening when the Church is open with views of the adjacent Cragg Street and Spring Lane itself.

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Residents have also expressed concerns over water pressure to the apartments affecting neighbouring properties, which is already a struggle for many people living in the area; as well as concerns around internet and broadband services.

Concerns over access for emergency service vehicles have been raised with the fire service noting that for the application to pass, several recommendations in terms of turning space and access need to be met.

The local flood authority has also objected stating there is no surface water sustainable drainage strategy.

Pendle Borough Council will make a decision on whether to grant approval in the next few months.