New appeal over controversial Whitebirk Retail Park expansion

PEEL HOLDINGS are to make another legal bid to overturn a ban on the expansion of Whitebirk Retail Park despite losing a High Court case last month.

The judicial review of Hyndburn council’s refusal to allow the controversial out-of-town to attract new, larger stores was rejected by a judge in Manchester.

Now Peel are to go to the Court of Appeal in London to try and reverse the decision.

A company spokeswoman said last night: “We have fully considered the High Court judgement and the reasons for dismissal. After reviewing the case with our legal team we have decided to appeal against the High Court’s judgement. We believe our case to be fully in line with all relevant case law and the decision of the High Court to be legally flawed.

“Our proposals for Whitebirk Retail Park would deliver a much needed local alternative to modern retail parks in Preston and Bolton, create at least 250 additional jobs in Hyndburn and unlock well over £16million of investment.”

Hyndburn borough leader Miles Parkinson said: “We will continue to defend our position as upheld by the High Court judge in Manchester and hope that the Court of Appeal reaches the same result.”

Blackburn MP Straw said: “This is a last ditch attempt by Peel. Hyndburn council has my full backing. I hope that the judgement in Manchester will be upheld.”

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2:44pm Fri 23 Nov 12

lcjfm03 says...

What a farce. So we keep going to Preston, Bolton and Manchester then? When will they realise the horse has bolted, better to keep hold of whatever they can in the borough.
What a farce. So we keep going to Preston, Bolton and Manchester then? When will they realise the horse has bolted, better to keep hold of whatever they can in the borough. lcjfm03
  • Score: 3

3:10pm Fri 23 Nov 12

paperboy70 says...

Let's hope they finally win and inject some much needed investment into this tatty retail park. When will the politician wake up to the fact that people actually want this, Mr Straw... are you listening?
Let's hope they finally win and inject some much needed investment into this tatty retail park. When will the politician wake up to the fact that people actually want this, Mr Straw... are you listening? paperboy70
  • Score: 5

3:44pm Fri 23 Nov 12

ghost of sceptic says...

I was unfortunate to visit this litter strewn travellers site only last week it reminded me of a ghost town boarded up. To Miles parkinson i would say if you are not willind to invest in this cespit then allow it to be developed, it is a total disgrace.
I was unfortunate to visit this litter strewn travellers site only last week it reminded me of a ghost town boarded up. To Miles parkinson i would say if you are not willind to invest in this cespit then allow it to be developed, it is a total disgrace. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 3

4:26pm Fri 23 Nov 12

mark lee says...

Keep out of it Straw you don't live around here, the majority of residents that do live around her want a retail park
Keep out of it Straw you don't live around here, the majority of residents that do live around her want a retail park mark lee
  • Score: 3

4:30pm Fri 23 Nov 12

sonny says...

lcjfm03 wrote:
What a farce. So we keep going to Preston, Bolton and Manchester then? When will they realise the horse has bolted, better to keep hold of whatever they can in the borough.
What is it exactly that you have to travel to these places to purchase that cant be bought in or around Blackburn, Darwen, accy(or even more continently online!)?

Also Preston and Bolton are only short drives drive from whiteberk retail park.

whiteberk retail park has become the dump that it is because of neglect from peel and other than curry's and pc world(which is owned by curry's!) none of the other stores get any substantial business, curry's/pc world should re-locate to new premises in a busy part of town(closer to the centre where the newer retail parks are) and the whitberk site should be flattened.
[quote][p][bold]lcjfm03[/bold] wrote: What a farce. So we keep going to Preston, Bolton and Manchester then? When will they realise the horse has bolted, better to keep hold of whatever they can in the borough.[/p][/quote]What is it exactly that you have to travel to these places to purchase that cant be bought in or around Blackburn, Darwen, accy(or even more continently online!)? Also Preston and Bolton are only short drives drive from whiteberk retail park. whiteberk retail park has become the dump that it is because of neglect from peel and other than curry's and pc world(which is owned by curry's!) none of the other stores get any substantial business, curry's/pc world should re-locate to new premises in a busy part of town(closer to the centre where the newer retail parks are) and the whitberk site should be flattened. sonny
  • Score: -4

4:30pm Fri 23 Nov 12

sonny says...

lcjfm03 wrote:
What a farce. So we keep going to Preston, Bolton and Manchester then? When will they realise the horse has bolted, better to keep hold of whatever they can in the borough.
What is it exactly that you have to travel to these places to purchase that cant be bought in or around Blackburn, Darwen, accy(or even more continently online!)?

Also Preston and Bolton are only short drives drive from whiteberk retail park.

whiteberk retail park has become the dump that it is because of neglect from peel and other than curry's and pc world(which is owned by curry's!) none of the other stores get any substantial business, curry's/pc world should re-locate to new premises in a busy part of town(closer to the centre where the newer retail parks are) and the whitberk site should be flattened.
[quote][p][bold]lcjfm03[/bold] wrote: What a farce. So we keep going to Preston, Bolton and Manchester then? When will they realise the horse has bolted, better to keep hold of whatever they can in the borough.[/p][/quote]What is it exactly that you have to travel to these places to purchase that cant be bought in or around Blackburn, Darwen, accy(or even more continently online!)? Also Preston and Bolton are only short drives drive from whiteberk retail park. whiteberk retail park has become the dump that it is because of neglect from peel and other than curry's and pc world(which is owned by curry's!) none of the other stores get any substantial business, curry's/pc world should re-locate to new premises in a busy part of town(closer to the centre where the newer retail parks are) and the whitberk site should be flattened. sonny
  • Score: -3

4:39pm Fri 23 Nov 12

sonny says...

mark lee wrote:
Keep out of it Straw you don't live around here, the majority of residents that do live around her want a retail park
What residents? the parks virtually in the middle of nowhere, only little harwood and whitberk are in walking distance and even then you have to cross the busy dual carriage way, retail parks are not there for local residents there for people in cars/taxis.
[quote][p][bold]mark lee[/bold] wrote: Keep out of it Straw you don't live around here, the majority of residents that do live around her want a retail park[/p][/quote]What residents? the parks virtually in the middle of nowhere, only little harwood and whitberk are in walking distance and even then you have to cross the busy dual carriage way, retail parks are not there for local residents there for people in cars/taxis. sonny
  • Score: -1

4:52pm Fri 23 Nov 12

sonny says...

Unless Peel can offer something new that isn't already available in or around east lancs they should be told to clear off(again!),

i thin hyndburn council should also be suing them for letting the retail park become the rotten corpse that it is.
Unless Peel can offer something new that isn't already available in or around east lancs they should be told to clear off(again!), i thin hyndburn council should also be suing them for letting the retail park become the rotten corpse that it is. sonny
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Fri 23 Nov 12

mavrick says...

sonny wrote:
Unless Peel can offer something new that isn't already available in or around east lancs they should be told to clear off(again!),

i thin hyndburn council should also be suing them for letting the retail park become the rotten corpse that it is.
Peel have deliberately run this park into the ground, If they were to get the planning consent they want, I wonder what would be put there? Food retail is the only thing that is not allowed on the park. The more you see this behaviour the more you realise it stinks. If David Cameron gets his way on changing planning laws, Then councils could not defend their position and we would be at the mercy of the greed developers.
[quote][p][bold]sonny[/bold] wrote: Unless Peel can offer something new that isn't already available in or around east lancs they should be told to clear off(again!), i thin hyndburn council should also be suing them for letting the retail park become the rotten corpse that it is.[/p][/quote]Peel have deliberately run this park into the ground, If they were to get the planning consent they want, I wonder what would be put there? Food retail is the only thing that is not allowed on the park. The more you see this behaviour the more you realise it stinks. If David Cameron gets his way on changing planning laws, Then councils could not defend their position and we would be at the mercy of the greed developers. mavrick
  • Score: -2

6:42pm Fri 23 Nov 12

modan says...

They can expand but non food and clothing Superstores.They can bring in Fast food outlets and furniture,toys and electrical stores like of Ikea,Toys R Us,DFS,Staruck Coffee/Krispie Kreme,Pizza Hut,Harry Ramsden,Burger King,etc etc.Blackburn retail park at Whitebirk needs to expand to compete with Preston and Bolton.
They can expand but non food and clothing Superstores.They can bring in Fast food outlets and furniture,toys and electrical stores like of Ikea,Toys R Us,DFS,Staruck Coffee/Krispie Kreme,Pizza Hut,Harry Ramsden,Burger King,etc etc.Blackburn retail park at Whitebirk needs to expand to compete with Preston and Bolton. modan
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Fri 23 Nov 12

liddle 'un says...

I hope Peel keep going on this until they break HBC's spirit, or their bank balance.
I hope Peel keep going on this until they break HBC's spirit, or their bank balance. liddle 'un
  • Score: 4

6:52pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Davelyn says...

GET IT BUILT !!!!!
GET IT BUILT !!!!! Davelyn
  • Score: 3

7:10pm Fri 23 Nov 12

mark lee says...

I am talking about a a five mile radius sunny boy nearer to here than Preston not over 100 miles away like straw
I am talking about a a five mile radius sunny boy nearer to here than Preston not over 100 miles away like straw mark lee
  • Score: 3

9:19pm Fri 23 Nov 12

saker says...

Peel holdings always get there way in the end. Why are the councils trying to stop them , they can never win, get real.
Peel holdings always get there way in the end. Why are the councils trying to stop them , they can never win, get real. saker
  • Score: 1

9:49pm Fri 23 Nov 12

sonny says...

mark lee wrote:
I am talking about a a five mile radius sunny boy nearer to here than Preston not over 100 miles away like straw
there's nothing on the whitberk site now or potentially in the future that cant already be found "within a 5 mile" radius of whitberk!


does it not bother you that these dull ugly generic out of town retail parks only actually employ a relatively small amount of employees and put many many town centre stores/cafes/ect.. that employ 1000s and bring £millions into the town out of business.
[quote][p][bold]mark lee[/bold] wrote: I am talking about a a five mile radius sunny boy nearer to here than Preston not over 100 miles away like straw[/p][/quote]there's nothing on the whitberk site now or potentially in the future that cant already be found "within a 5 mile" radius of whitberk! does it not bother you that these dull ugly generic out of town retail parks only actually employ a relatively small amount of employees and put many many town centre stores/cafes/ect.. that employ 1000s and bring £millions into the town out of business. sonny
  • Score: -2

2:25pm Sat 24 Nov 12

paperboy70 says...

Peel should look to attract IKEA... now that would make it different from every other retail park in Lancashire! It's got great road links and would be one in the eye for Preston, although there is talk of them going to Bamber Bridge - Hyndburn and Peel should work together to make Whitebirk a more attractive proposition to this global retailer who would bring substantial jobs to the area.
Peel should look to attract IKEA... now that would make it different from every other retail park in Lancashire! It's got great road links and would be one in the eye for Preston, although there is talk of them going to Bamber Bridge - Hyndburn and Peel should work together to make Whitebirk a more attractive proposition to this global retailer who would bring substantial jobs to the area. paperboy70
  • Score: 2

5:10pm Sat 24 Nov 12

sonny says...

Ikea and maybe an IMAX cinema are the only two things that east lancs are really missing, even better for me as a real film fan would be an independent cinema catering for adults(with brains), something like Manchesters cornerhouse would be amazing(should be set in the old cinema in town). .
Ikea and maybe an IMAX cinema are the only two things that east lancs are really missing, even better for me as a real film fan would be an independent cinema catering for adults(with brains), something like Manchesters cornerhouse would be amazing(should be set in the old cinema in town). . sonny
  • Score: 1

10:05am Sun 25 Nov 12

A Darener says...

I go into Blackburn about once or twice a year. As a last resort. Getting in to the centre is horrendous. When you get there it is hard work to park and costs a fortune. Give me FREE to park retail parks any day. If Whitebirk had Ikea, Toys R Us etc etc then it would be heaving everyday. Especially if it was like the Horwich park with cinema etc. get it developed quick!
I go into Blackburn about once or twice a year. As a last resort. Getting in to the centre is horrendous. When you get there it is hard work to park and costs a fortune. Give me FREE to park retail parks any day. If Whitebirk had Ikea, Toys R Us etc etc then it would be heaving everyday. Especially if it was like the Horwich park with cinema etc. get it developed quick! A Darener
  • Score: 1

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