Bid to fast-track hotel and shops at Clayton-le-Moors

First published in Hyndburn Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

MULTI-MILLION-pound plans for a hotel and retail park, creating over 1,500 jobs, could be fast-tracked.

London-based Goldtique Ventures wants to demolish 1930s buildings on Clayton-le-Moors’ Junction 7 business park, repl-acing them with high- tech units.

Permission was granted for the large-scale development in 2011.

However, changes to proposals could see it become a reality before the end of the year.

Developers want to change the proposals from four phases of development into two, in order to speed up the process.

The plans would see a 120-bedroom hotel and restaurant, a pub, and petrol station, together with a small parade of shops among green open spaces at the site.

Approximately 200 new homes, mainly detached and semi-detached houses, with up to four bedrooms, are also proposed, together with a building for an Accrington Sea Cadets base.

Bosses behind the plan said it would bring well-paid jobs to the area.

Existing planning permission states that no development can begin until each scheme of phasing is approved by the Local Planning Authority.

Goldtique Ventures said bringing forward the plans into just two phases would also make land more marketable to housing developers.

A spokesman for Goldtique said: “It’s a major development and we have a lot of criteria to satisfy.

“We’re working hard to get that done, and also to bring the plans forward as much as possible.

“If this goes ahead, we are hopeful to see work begin on site this year.

“By making the development in two phases, we can get to work on the roads system earlier.

“This will open up more land for housing which we hope will bring in more housing developers to fund the scheme.”

Goldtique itself will be developing the retail and lesiure section, but hopes that housing developers will come in at an early stage.

Councillors on Hyndburn planning committee were due to consider granting new planning permission, which officers recommend for approval, today.

Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson said he hoped the bid would attract housing developers to Hyndburn, and extra construction jobs.

He said: “This is a very important site within Hyndburn. Presently it’s just industrial units from a different era.

“We agree with the developer that the site should be used to its full potential. That will include housing as currently there isn’t enough housing stock within Hyndburn.

“We want to see this create a variety of jobs, with everything from leisure and retail to construction. We also need to provide homes on this sort of brownfield site.”

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1:11pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Elegant1 says...

If this is a "Fast track deveopment" I would hate to assess the time it would take to process a Slow development. I recall commenting on this project quite a long time ago. It would seem that the Planning wheels are barely moving!
If this is a "Fast track deveopment" I would hate to assess the time it would take to process a Slow development. I recall commenting on this project quite a long time ago. It would seem that the Planning wheels are barely moving! Elegant1
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4:19pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Stop Backenders says...

More companies getting planning permission that will kill off more shops and businesses in the surrounding towns, how many more do we need?
Let us see, if their fairy tale promises off 1,500 jobs for people in Hyndburn materialise somehow I do not think it will.
It will be contractors and cheap labour brought in from other sources, they will be advertised in the job centres but the company has the final say where the workers come from and we all know where that will be.
Remember all the jobs and wealth that Tesco were supposed to bring to Accrington, were still waiting?
What about all of the shops that have closed in the Arndale centre, due to Tesco, and the other big names?
Accrington you have a new post office, pizza, shops, petrol station, Hotel and other businesses to contend with, that should help you on the way to recovery couldn’t get any better for you could it.
More companies getting planning permission that will kill off more shops and businesses in the surrounding towns, how many more do we need? Let us see, if their fairy tale promises off 1,500 jobs for people in Hyndburn materialise somehow I do not think it will. It will be contractors and cheap labour brought in from other sources, they will be advertised in the job centres but the company has the final say where the workers come from and we all know where that will be. Remember all the jobs and wealth that Tesco were supposed to bring to Accrington, were still waiting? What about all of the shops that have closed in the Arndale centre, due to Tesco, and the other big names? Accrington you have a new post office, pizza, shops, petrol station, Hotel and other businesses to contend with, that should help you on the way to recovery couldn’t get any better for you could it. Stop Backenders
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