East Lancs retail fight goes on

Blackburn Citizen: Blackburn Town Centre Blackburn Town Centre

BLACKBURN and Hyndburn’s councils and MPs have reacted with anger and disappointment over Peel Group’s latest legal move to expand its Whitebirk Retail Park.

The giant property company is asking the Supreme Court for leave to appeal the latest court decision backing the refusal of planning permission for its bid to include food and fashion stores in the development.

Just before Christmas three Court of Appeal judges dismissed Peel’s appeal against Hyndburn council’s decision.

They also refused leave to appeal to Britain’s top judicial body.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said he was ‘angry’ at the company’s request for the Supreme Court to give them a last-ditch legal option.

His Hyndburn colleague Graham Jones accused Peel of ‘bully boy tactics’.

The company wants to overturn the original planning restriction perm-itting the sale of only bulky and electrical goods.

Hyndburn Council, supported by Blackburn with Darwen, fears a Peel victory would hit its plans to redevelop its town centres.

Mr Straw said: “I am angry. They have lost at every stage of the legal process.”

Mr Jones said: “These are just bully boy tactics.”

A spokesperson for Peel said: “The company remains fully committed to substantial investment.”

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7:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

daan says...

What about what the people of blackburn want ? I think it's a great idea, whitebirk is perfectly placed for a development like this, the reason blackburn council oppose to this is there will be less cars in the town centre for they're army of traffic wardens to book.
What about what the people of blackburn want ? I think it's a great idea, whitebirk is perfectly placed for a development like this, the reason blackburn council oppose to this is there will be less cars in the town centre for they're army of traffic wardens to book. daan

8:10pm Thu 27 Feb 14

woolywords says...

Peel Holdings are just as entitled to any other, to exercise their rights to due legal process under the law of the land. As a former Barrister and Justice Minister, Mr Straw must be fully aware of that, surely?
Do either of these MP's realise that, when they lose in the Supreme Court, they still have the chance to avail themselves of European Courts, to seek an outcome?
Blackburn Council have royally cocked up this town's centre, by permitting the numbers and types of shops that trade here. The writing was on the subway wall when Tesco Metro closed, now it is writ large on that brewery wall, with the epic failure of the Thwaites/Sainsbury deal.
It is all to easy to blame others, when it is patently obvious to all, that this debacle is nobodies fault but their own collective, inept mismanagement of these deals.
Just how many jobs must be lost, before you cry, enough is enough? Or are you hoping that the new hotel and shop complex in the Cathedral quarter is going to pick up the slack?
Frankly, this is just another delusional plan, that is just window dressing, for a failing town centre. Less than 3 dozen, minimum waged jobs, is hardly going to replace all those lost, with the many closures that there have been in this town, of late.
Does the irony not occur to you of; having useless backsides in charge of a toilet of a town, where the only company making any meaningful amounts of money, is producing toilet tissue? it's certainly not lost on me.
Peel Holdings are just as entitled to any other, to exercise their rights to due legal process under the law of the land. As a former Barrister and Justice Minister, Mr Straw must be fully aware of that, surely? Do either of these MP's realise that, when they lose in the Supreme Court, they still have the chance to avail themselves of European Courts, to seek an outcome? Blackburn Council have royally cocked up this town's centre, by permitting the numbers and types of shops that trade here. The writing was on the subway wall when Tesco Metro closed, now it is writ large on that brewery wall, with the epic failure of the Thwaites/Sainsbury deal. It is all to easy to blame others, when it is patently obvious to all, that this debacle is nobodies fault but their own collective, inept mismanagement of these deals. Just how many jobs must be lost, before you cry, enough is enough? Or are you hoping that the new hotel and shop complex in the Cathedral quarter is going to pick up the slack? Frankly, this is just another delusional plan, that is just window dressing, for a failing town centre. Less than 3 dozen, minimum waged jobs, is hardly going to replace all those lost, with the many closures that there have been in this town, of late. Does the irony not occur to you of; having useless backsides in charge of a toilet of a town, where the only company making any meaningful amounts of money, is producing toilet tissue? it's certainly not lost on me. woolywords

8:51pm Thu 27 Feb 14

M.DANNY says...

Peel must not be allowed to premises selling food and clothing as it would be seriously detrimental to the town centres like Blackburn Burnley and Accrington.
Peel should be expanded to attract stores like DFS Toys R US and IKea and food outlets like Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Harry Ramsden, Nandos Starbucks/Krispie Kreme to invest In Whitebirk retail Park.
We do need a bigger retail park to compete with Preston and Bolton but we do not need food and clothing stores at Whitebirk retail park.
Peel must not be allowed to premises selling food and clothing as it would be seriously detrimental to the town centres like Blackburn Burnley and Accrington. Peel should be expanded to attract stores like DFS Toys R US and IKea and food outlets like Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Harry Ramsden, Nandos Starbucks/Krispie Kreme to invest In Whitebirk retail Park. We do need a bigger retail park to compete with Preston and Bolton but we do not need food and clothing stores at Whitebirk retail park. M.DANNY

8:00am Fri 28 Feb 14

A Darener says...

M.DANNY wrote:
Peel must not be allowed to premises selling food and clothing as it would be seriously detrimental to the town centres like Blackburn Burnley and Accrington.
Peel should be expanded to attract stores like DFS Toys R US and IKea and food outlets like Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Harry Ramsden, Nandos Starbucks/Krispie Kreme to invest In Whitebirk retail Park.
We do need a bigger retail park to compete with Preston and Bolton but we do not need food and clothing stores at Whitebirk retail park.
Yes we do!
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Peel must not be allowed to premises selling food and clothing as it would be seriously detrimental to the town centres like Blackburn Burnley and Accrington. Peel should be expanded to attract stores like DFS Toys R US and IKea and food outlets like Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Harry Ramsden, Nandos Starbucks/Krispie Kreme to invest In Whitebirk retail Park. We do need a bigger retail park to compete with Preston and Bolton but we do not need food and clothing stores at Whitebirk retail park.[/p][/quote]Yes we do! A Darener

8:20am Fri 28 Feb 14

tezdavies says...

its about time that the council listens to what the people of Blackburn and Accrington really want, they need to keep up with other towns and move with the trend before they are ghost towns, as they are becoming. I myself shop at deepdale as I can get everything I need in one place.as for loss of business in the town center I don't think the pound shops that have took over the town will suffer but as for the rest of the town move with the times or get stuck and lose out.
its about time that the council listens to what the people of Blackburn and Accrington really want, they need to keep up with other towns and move with the trend before they are ghost towns, as they are becoming. I myself shop at deepdale as I can get everything I need in one place.as for loss of business in the town center I don't think the pound shops that have took over the town will suffer but as for the rest of the town move with the times or get stuck and lose out. tezdavies

3:00pm Fri 28 Feb 14

bow1974 says...

daan wrote:
What about what the people of blackburn want ? I think it's a great idea, whitebirk is perfectly placed for a development like this, the reason blackburn council oppose to this is there will be less cars in the town centre for they're army of traffic wardens to book.
You've hit the nail on the head so true.I would rather shop at whitebirk than Blackburn town centre anyday.
[quote][p][bold]daan[/bold] wrote: What about what the people of blackburn want ? I think it's a great idea, whitebirk is perfectly placed for a development like this, the reason blackburn council oppose to this is there will be less cars in the town centre for they're army of traffic wardens to book.[/p][/quote]You've hit the nail on the head so true.I would rather shop at whitebirk than Blackburn town centre anyday. bow1974

3:55pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ladysal says...

bow1974 wrote:
daan wrote:
What about what the people of blackburn want ? I think it's a great idea, whitebirk is perfectly placed for a development like this, the reason blackburn council oppose to this is there will be less cars in the town centre for they're army of traffic wardens to book.
You've hit the nail on the head so true.I would rather shop at whitebirk than Blackburn town centre anyday.
Agreed. I don't see the large retail parks at Deepdale and Walton-le-dale causing problems for Preston town centre. Or the Trafford Centre / Handforth Dean / Eastlands causing difficulties for Manchester town centre.....
Did those that want the big retailers such as IKEA and Toys'r'us not notice that they will only go where retail is doing well? And that isn't Whitebirk at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]bow1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]daan[/bold] wrote: What about what the people of blackburn want ? I think it's a great idea, whitebirk is perfectly placed for a development like this, the reason blackburn council oppose to this is there will be less cars in the town centre for they're army of traffic wardens to book.[/p][/quote]You've hit the nail on the head so true.I would rather shop at whitebirk than Blackburn town centre anyday.[/p][/quote]Agreed. I don't see the large retail parks at Deepdale and Walton-le-dale causing problems for Preston town centre. Or the Trafford Centre / Handforth Dean / Eastlands causing difficulties for Manchester town centre..... Did those that want the big retailers such as IKEA and Toys'r'us not notice that they will only go where retail is doing well? And that isn't Whitebirk at the moment. ladysal

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