Blackburn Poundworld told not to sell food at new store

Blackburn Poundworld told not to sell food at new store

Blackburn Poundworld told not to sell food at new store

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ANOTHER discount store has been told it can’t sell food from a Blackburn retail park.

Poundworld wanted to open a third store in the town on the Townsmoor Retail Park, in Great Bolton Street.

As part of the project, it applied to sell a small amount of food and drink from the store, but Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council planners have refused permission.

It comes just three months after Pound Stretcher was told it wasn’t allowed to sell food and other listed items from a new store on the neighbouring Nova Scotia Retail Park.

Poundworld wanted to open in the units previously occupied by Blockbuster and Moben Sharps, until both firms went into administration and closed their stores on Townsmoor.

A spokesman for Poundworld’s planning agents Prime said: “Poundworld already operates from two stores within The Mall shopping centre in Blackburn town centre.

“One of the stores was occupied only relatively recently when the unit became available following the failure of the Peacocks chain of stores.

“It is very unusual for any retailer like Poundworld to operate two stores so similar so close together, and in due course it is likely that Poundworld will seek to rationalise its town centre representation back to a single store. That is the position irrespective of the outcome of this planning application, and the leases on both existing units run until the second half of 2020.

“Poundworld’s commitment to Blackburn town centre is therefore not in doubt.

“The proposed store is intended to broaden Poundworld’s customer base within Blackburn, and appeal to those customers who prefer to undertake shopping in this part of Blackburn.”

Blackburn with Darwen Council refused the application to sell food and drink because of concerns on the ‘vitality’ of the town centre.

In February, Pound Stretcher was ordered to close, on the day its official opening was planned, in a dispute over planning permission.

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12:29pm Mon 19 May 14

BRFC195 says...

It's no wonder blackburn has so many empty shops when the council are driving them away
It's no wonder blackburn has so many empty shops when the council are driving them away BRFC195
  • Score: 39

12:30pm Mon 19 May 14

ladysal says...

Seriously? It might "upset the vitality of the town centre"? So in that case, when is Asda shutting..... And B & M Bargains. It'd be funny if it wasn't so mad.....
Seriously? It might "upset the vitality of the town centre"? So in that case, when is Asda shutting..... And B & M Bargains. It'd be funny if it wasn't so mad..... ladysal
  • Score: 32

12:48pm Mon 19 May 14

vicn1956 says...

What about retrospective permission-that usually works with this council!

The council-what is it good for=absolutely .......
What about retrospective permission-that usually works with this council! The council-what is it good for=absolutely ....... vicn1956
  • Score: 21

1:07pm Mon 19 May 14

onlyonesimongarner says...

vicn1956 wrote:
What about retrospective permission-that usually works with this council!

The council-what is it good for=absolutely .......
Only if you serve it with an onion !!!!
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: What about retrospective permission-that usually works with this council! The council-what is it good for=absolutely .......[/p][/quote]Only if you serve it with an onion !!!! onlyonesimongarner
  • Score: 22

2:23pm Mon 19 May 14

Excluded again says...

When acquiring business premises, it is always sensible to check what planning permission the premises have. Some what worrying that Poundland haven't done this - twice.
When acquiring business premises, it is always sensible to check what planning permission the premises have. Some what worrying that Poundland haven't done this - twice. Excluded again
  • Score: -4

2:42pm Mon 19 May 14

burner says...

Put a dome on top . . . sorted !! No need to ask for permission then.
Put a dome on top . . . sorted !! No need to ask for permission then. burner
  • Score: 9

3:45pm Mon 19 May 14

kojak1010 says...

Flamin' hell just let them sell things for goodness sake! I don't like going all the way to town for other things when a new local store such as this opens nearby me! BWD need to review their status on this. They'll be coughing up enough in rent money to do as they please really!
Flamin' hell just let them sell things for goodness sake! I don't like going all the way to town for other things when a new local store such as this opens nearby me! BWD need to review their status on this. They'll be coughing up enough in rent money to do as they please really! kojak1010
  • Score: 12

4:12pm Mon 19 May 14

Commenting says...

Well Blackburn council planning department it seems like the idiots have taken over the asylum.
Well Blackburn council planning department it seems like the idiots have taken over the asylum. Commenting
  • Score: 13

5:05pm Mon 19 May 14

billy32 says...

So Aldi and Lidl can open so close to the town centre and yet the refuse to allow Poundland and Poundstrecher to sell food. It sounds a little confusing to me these double standards. Would they refuse permission if they opened a takeaway selling the usual curries and kebabs. At the end of the day they are selling food to Joe public and employing people. What's the big fuss off the council...........
So Aldi and Lidl can open so close to the town centre and yet the refuse to allow Poundland and Poundstrecher to sell food. It sounds a little confusing to me these double standards. Would they refuse permission if they opened a takeaway selling the usual curries and kebabs. At the end of the day they are selling food to Joe public and employing people. What's the big fuss off the council........... billy32
  • Score: 17

5:09pm Mon 19 May 14

billy32 says...

And in other news the council give "£150,000 boost for Lancashire foodbanks" thank god Poundland and Poundstrecher can't sell food.
And in other news the council give "£150,000 boost for Lancashire foodbanks" thank god Poundland and Poundstrecher can't sell food. billy32
  • Score: 9

5:53pm Mon 19 May 14

phil kernot says...

It's because asda bullied the council and the council. Has no balls can't enforce planning laws and gets them back to frount
It's because asda bullied the council and the council. Has no balls can't enforce planning laws and gets them back to frount phil kernot
  • Score: -4

7:21pm Mon 19 May 14

M.DANNY says...

Why are poundworld want to open a third store in Blackburn ? We need a Poundland store UK'S largest chains of stores selling Pound items not more Poundworld Stores please .
The stores cannot sell food at Whitebirk retail park why not have food outlets like Mcdonalds Harry Ramsden, KFC Pizza Hut, Nandos and Starbucks.
Why are poundworld want to open a third store in Blackburn ? We need a Poundland store UK'S largest chains of stores selling Pound items not more Poundworld Stores please . The stores cannot sell food at Whitebirk retail park why not have food outlets like Mcdonalds Harry Ramsden, KFC Pizza Hut, Nandos and Starbucks. M.DANNY
  • Score: 8

7:23pm Mon 19 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

ladysal wrote:
Seriously? It might "upset the vitality of the town centre"? So in that case, when is Asda shutting..... And B & M Bargains. It'd be funny if it wasn't so mad.....
The Lunatics are in charge of the asylum one must think !!!!'
[quote][p][bold]ladysal[/bold] wrote: Seriously? It might "upset the vitality of the town centre"? So in that case, when is Asda shutting..... And B & M Bargains. It'd be funny if it wasn't so mad.....[/p][/quote]The Lunatics are in charge of the asylum one must think !!!!' ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 5

7:26pm Mon 19 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

onlyonesimongarner wrote:
vicn1956 wrote:
What about retrospective permission-that usually works with this council!

The council-what is it good for=absolutely .......
Only if you serve it with an onion !!!!
Heard that mangoes are the in thing now though !!!!
[quote][p][bold]onlyonesimongarner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: What about retrospective permission-that usually works with this council! The council-what is it good for=absolutely .......[/p][/quote]Only if you serve it with an onion !!!![/p][/quote]Heard that mangoes are the in thing now though !!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 3

8:59pm Mon 19 May 14

John05 says...

Boots sells drinks and sandwiches on that very retail park. If the council is worried about the vitality of the town centre, it needs to get rid of the bullying traffic wardens who ticket everything that stops moving for a second and who shout and swear at the public. People who drive into the town centre are treated like mugs so they'll shop in out of town shopping centres where they can get in and park without worrying.
Boots sells drinks and sandwiches on that very retail park. If the council is worried about the vitality of the town centre, it needs to get rid of the bullying traffic wardens who ticket everything that stops moving for a second and who shout and swear at the public. People who drive into the town centre are treated like mugs so they'll shop in out of town shopping centres where they can get in and park without worrying. John05
  • Score: 6

10:05pm Mon 19 May 14

adamdesk says...

John05 wrote:
Boots sells drinks and sandwiches on that very retail park. If the council is worried about the vitality of the town centre, it needs to get rid of the bullying traffic wardens who ticket everything that stops moving for a second and who shout and swear at the public. People who drive into the town centre are treated like mugs so they'll shop in out of town shopping centres where they can get in and park without worrying.
don't pay these idiots
[quote][p][bold]John05[/bold] wrote: Boots sells drinks and sandwiches on that very retail park. If the council is worried about the vitality of the town centre, it needs to get rid of the bullying traffic wardens who ticket everything that stops moving for a second and who shout and swear at the public. People who drive into the town centre are treated like mugs so they'll shop in out of town shopping centres where they can get in and park without worrying.[/p][/quote]don't pay these idiots adamdesk
  • Score: 6

10:57pm Mon 19 May 14

tim otay71 says...

I would take the shops away from blackburn! See how the council feel then! I know its not fair on the public but the council may see the pettiness then! Maybe?
I would take the shops away from blackburn! See how the council feel then! I know its not fair on the public but the council may see the pettiness then! Maybe? tim otay71
  • Score: 5

12:32am Tue 20 May 14

Steven11 says...

onlyonesimongarner wrote:
vicn1956 wrote:
What about retrospective permission-that usually works with this council!

The council-what is it good for=absolutely .......
Only if you serve it with an onion !!!!
Only with an onion on top of. Don't you mean ? I can't believe our Asian mob , sorry so called honest MP's that are running Blackburn with Darwen council
[quote][p][bold]onlyonesimongarner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: What about retrospective permission-that usually works with this council! The council-what is it good for=absolutely .......[/p][/quote]Only if you serve it with an onion !!!![/p][/quote]Only with an onion on top of. Don't you mean ? I can't believe our Asian mob , sorry so called honest MP's that are running Blackburn with Darwen council Steven11
  • Score: -1

12:36am Tue 20 May 14

Steven11 says...

tim otay71 wrote:
I would take the shops away from blackburn! See how the council feel then! I know its not fair on the public but the council may see the pettiness then! Maybe?
And the parking meters would be empty also , would serve petty blackburn right !
[quote][p][bold]tim otay71[/bold] wrote: I would take the shops away from blackburn! See how the council feel then! I know its not fair on the public but the council may see the pettiness then! Maybe?[/p][/quote]And the parking meters would be empty also , would serve petty blackburn right ! Steven11
  • Score: 2

9:07am Tue 20 May 14

Pittss says...

Did'nt Blockbuster sell food and drink?
Did'nt Blockbuster sell food and drink? Pittss
  • Score: 5

2:52pm Tue 20 May 14

A Darener says...

BwD council couldn't run a booze up in a brewery. They keep going on about attracting shops to the centre of town but at the same time make it almost impossible to get into town and then park. No wonder shops want to open out side of the centre.
BwD council couldn't run a booze up in a brewery. They keep going on about attracting shops to the centre of town but at the same time make it almost impossible to get into town and then park. No wonder shops want to open out side of the centre. A Darener
  • Score: 4

4:50pm Tue 20 May 14

buckoff says...

I cannot for the life of me understand why people keep voting for the same useless shower. Time the people of Blackburn voted this lot out. In the other article borrowing 17.5 million for the roads where has the money gone and more to the point what happens in future borrow more on the towns credit card.
I cannot for the life of me understand why people keep voting for the same useless shower. Time the people of Blackburn voted this lot out. In the other article borrowing 17.5 million for the roads where has the money gone and more to the point what happens in future borrow more on the towns credit card. buckoff
  • Score: 1

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