Liberal Democrat Councillors in Colne have welcomed the submission of the
planning application for the proposed new shops and apartments on the
site of the old Health Centre in Colne, which will be knocked down for
the new scheme.
Leader of the Liberals on Pendle Council, Councillor Tony Greaves – who
is also deputy leader of the Council – said that it was a key moment in
the continued success of Colne as a town and of the town centre. He said:
“This is essentially a Council project. The Council bought the old health
centre from the NHS and has pledged to make the site part of our
successful thriving town.”
The development is being promoted by Pendle’s development arm, PEARL,
which is its joint venture company together with the local firm Barnfield
Investments Ltd. PEARL already owns Hartley Square and part of Market
Street, which it has recently refurbished, and which is now fully
occupied for the first time for decades.
Councillor Greaves added: “The new scheme will come to the Colne and
District Committee for a decision like any other planning application. It
has been amended and improved following an informal public consultation
last year, and everyone can now put their views forward formally and I
have no doubt that they will be considered properly and carefully. It is
possible that further design improvements may be considered.”
The scheme also involves a refurbishment of Richmond Court.
The application is likely to be considered at the meeting of the
committee in September or October. It is hoped that work will start
quickly once planning permission has been obtained.
Councillor Greaves added: “After the refurbishment of Shackleton Hall and
the revitalisation of Hartley Square, this will be the third important
PEARL for Colne town centre. It really does show that Pendle Council with
our partners in PEARL are pushing hard for the future success of our