Blackburn Poundstretcher open but aisles closed after planning blunder

BLACKBURN’S new Poundstretcher store defied an order to close over a planning row and traded yesterday - but with several aisles blocked off.

The budget chain is locked in a dispute with Blackburn with Darwen Council over planning permission.

The council sent the company, which has 400 stores across Britain, a notice ordering it to close for 28 days and accused it of deliberately trying to avoid the planning process.

In a letter, council deputy chief executive Andrew Lightfoot, wrote: “The council is seriously concerned that your store has opened without any planning application, or even pre-application discussions being submitted and, as such, we have issued a temporary stop notice requiring you to close the store for 28 days, pending resolution of the matter.”

An enforcement notice also sent to Poundstretcher only from the council said it couldn’t sell items it didn’t have permission to sell, leaving the company confused and seeking clarification.

The council yesterday appeared happy to allow the store to open with restricted sales, although an officially opening by Blackburn with Darwen mayor Salim Mulla was cancelled.

Mr Lightfoot said: “We are pleased that they have responded to the notice and complied with the planning conditions for the unit.

“We are encouraged that they recognise they are in breach of the planning regulations.”

Yesterday, aisles containing items the company wasn’t allowed to sell, including food, clothing and shoes, personal care products, toys, china, fancy goods and giftware, and travel goods, were closed off to shoppers.

The area manager for the store, which opened on Tuesday and employs 28 people, declined to comment.

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1:01pm Sat 15 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

I stand by the comments I made yesterday. If a store fills a vacant, empty shop and it provides jobs and business rates then adapt the planning laws to cater for it.
The council are elected to take care of the people and provide jobs and opportunities to its residents. And I say again to the people of Blackburn, at the next election, don't be apathetic thinking that your vote doesn't count or that - oh, it's only one vote, they won't miss me! Get out and vote - every single vote counts! Elect a council that is prepared to work for the benefit of ALL the people.
I stand by the comments I made yesterday. If a store fills a vacant, empty shop and it provides jobs and business rates then adapt the planning laws to cater for it. The council are elected to take care of the people and provide jobs and opportunities to its residents. And I say again to the people of Blackburn, at the next election, don't be apathetic thinking that your vote doesn't count or that - oh, it's only one vote, they won't miss me! Get out and vote - every single vote counts! Elect a council that is prepared to work for the benefit of ALL the people. HarryBosch
  • Score: 23

1:28pm Sat 15 Feb 14

jimpy0 says...

restricted covenants destroy shops and sites, just look at the one at whitebirk, its now a gippo park
restricted covenants destroy shops and sites, just look at the one at whitebirk, its now a gippo park jimpy0
  • Score: 11

1:29pm Sat 15 Feb 14

adamdesk says...

\what problem do council have with this store opening?
If planning permission is an issue then things must be sorted out mutually
\what problem do council have with this store opening? If planning permission is an issue then things must be sorted out mutually adamdesk
  • Score: 14

1:50pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Sister Wendy says...

If it can't sell "food, clothing and shoes, personal care products, toys, china, fancy goods and giftware, and travel goods", then what's left to sell? Alcohol and pet supplies?
If it can't sell "food, clothing and shoes, personal care products, toys, china, fancy goods and giftware, and travel goods", then what's left to sell? Alcohol and pet supplies? Sister Wendy
  • Score: 10

2:00pm Sat 15 Feb 14

jimpy0 says...

if it cant sell pet supplies what is dead by teatime selling or whatever, b+q sells food drink, comet sold hairdryers shavers etc personal care products.
if it cant sell pet supplies what is dead by teatime selling [petsathome] or whatever, b+q sells food drink, comet sold hairdryers shavers etc personal care products. jimpy0
  • Score: 6

3:50pm Sat 15 Feb 14

burner says...

Like I said . . . slap an onion on the roof - pronto !
Like I said . . . slap an onion on the roof - pronto ! burner
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Sat 15 Feb 14

s_smith says...

I dont think that the Council helps itself when certain things are allowed and certain things aren't but it is important to remember a few things here:

The officers who are upholding the planning regulations here are exactly the same ones who also recommend whether applications are recommended to be supported or refused - it is YOUR elected members who DECIDE whether applications are permitted or refused.

At this moment in time, the officers are following the policy decided by Councillors at a point in the past. Only the Councillors can effect a change here, which has to be done through due process.

It is also worth noting that you can search through planning applications online and lets say that some of the more controversial ones which have cropped up in the past (including "onions" and cash machines) have been duly recommended for refusal by said officers, only to be overruled by YOUR Councillors.

I have no doubt that a planning application for this store will not only be fast-tracked but also be approved - it is a shame that Poundstretchers legal team did not do a proper search as to what could and could not be sold from this building before opening.

But at this point it is very unfair to blame the officers - I am sure such condemnation would not be so forthcoming if it were something that WAS unpopular - but alas the Council officers have to be consistent in their application of policies until such time they are supported or overruled by Councillors.
I dont think that the Council helps itself when certain things are allowed and certain things aren't but it is important to remember a few things here: The officers who are upholding the planning regulations here are exactly the same ones who also recommend whether applications are recommended to be supported or refused - it is YOUR elected members who DECIDE whether applications are permitted or refused. At this moment in time, the officers are following the policy decided by Councillors at a point in the past. Only the Councillors can effect a change here, which has to be done through due process. It is also worth noting that you can search through planning applications online and lets say that some of the more controversial ones which have cropped up in the past (including "onions" and cash machines) have been duly recommended for refusal by said officers, only to be overruled by YOUR Councillors. I have no doubt that a planning application for this store will not only be fast-tracked but also be approved - it is a shame that Poundstretchers legal team did not do a proper search as to what could and could not be sold from this building before opening. But at this point it is very unfair to blame the officers - I am sure such condemnation would not be so forthcoming if it were something that WAS unpopular - but alas the Council officers have to be consistent in their application of policies until such time they are supported or overruled by Councillors. s_smith
  • Score: -1

10:32pm Sat 15 Feb 14

modan says...

Poundstretchers has always sold shoes giftwares china clothing,fancy goods travel goods and toys.
Pounstretchers now sells groceries food and toiletries too under the new ownership Crown Crest group based in Leicester owner Mr Rashid Tayub.
I visited one Pounstretcher store in Yorkshire in a retail park and they sell food milk buscuits confectionerys, toiletries household cleaners etc etc.much cheaper than many big superstores.
The Whitebirk retail park were restricted from selling food and clothing,because that would have been detrimental impact on town centres in East Lancashire.
Poundstretchers has always sold shoes giftwares china clothing,fancy goods travel goods and toys. Pounstretchers now sells groceries food and toiletries too under the new ownership Crown Crest group based in Leicester owner Mr Rashid Tayub. I visited one Pounstretcher store in Yorkshire in a retail park and they sell food milk buscuits confectionerys, toiletries household cleaners etc etc.much cheaper than many big superstores. The Whitebirk retail park were restricted from selling food and clothing,because that would have been detrimental impact on town centres in East Lancashire. modan
  • Score: 3

11:36pm Sat 15 Feb 14

icannotrace says...

Poundstretchers will be occupying a vacant shop and giving jobs to 28 people. Do retrospective planning permission rights not apply in these cases? They seem to apply in other cases less deserving and appear to get approved? Shame Council
Poundstretchers will be occupying a vacant shop and giving jobs to 28 people. Do retrospective planning permission rights not apply in these cases? They seem to apply in other cases less deserving and appear to get approved? Shame Council icannotrace
  • Score: 4

12:10am Sun 16 Feb 14

s_smith says...

icannotrace wrote:
Poundstretchers will be occupying a vacant shop and giving jobs to 28 people. Do retrospective planning permission rights not apply in these cases? They seem to apply in other cases less deserving and appear to get approved? Shame Council
Yes and in previous cases enforcement notices will have been issued until such time the matter can be approved (or otherwise) by Councillors.
[quote][p][bold]icannotrace[/bold] wrote: Poundstretchers will be occupying a vacant shop and giving jobs to 28 people. Do retrospective planning permission rights not apply in these cases? They seem to apply in other cases less deserving and appear to get approved? Shame Council[/p][/quote]Yes and in previous cases enforcement notices will have been issued until such time the matter can be approved (or otherwise) by Councillors. s_smith
  • Score: 4

11:47pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Steven11 says...

modan wrote:
Poundstretchers has always sold shoes giftwares china clothing,fancy goods travel goods and toys.
Pounstretchers now sells groceries food and toiletries too under the new ownership Crown Crest group based in Leicester owner Mr Rashid Tayub.
I visited one Pounstretcher store in Yorkshire in a retail park and they sell food milk buscuits confectionerys, toiletries household cleaners etc etc.much cheaper than many big superstores.
The Whitebirk retail park were restricted from selling food and clothing,because that would have been detrimental impact on town centres in East Lancashire.
So Moran , just what are you saying here , Asian name dropping . What do you actually want to happen here ?
[quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: Poundstretchers has always sold shoes giftwares china clothing,fancy goods travel goods and toys. Pounstretchers now sells groceries food and toiletries too under the new ownership Crown Crest group based in Leicester owner Mr Rashid Tayub. I visited one Pounstretcher store in Yorkshire in a retail park and they sell food milk buscuits confectionerys, toiletries household cleaners etc etc.much cheaper than many big superstores. The Whitebirk retail park were restricted from selling food and clothing,because that would have been detrimental impact on town centres in East Lancashire.[/p][/quote]So Moran , just what are you saying here , Asian name dropping . What do you actually want to happen here ? Steven11
  • Score: -3

11:28am Mon 17 Feb 14

modan says...

Steven11 wrote:
modan wrote:
Poundstretchers has always sold shoes giftwares china clothing,fancy goods travel goods and toys.
Pounstretchers now sells groceries food and toiletries too under the new ownership Crown Crest group based in Leicester owner Mr Rashid Tayub.
I visited one Pounstretcher store in Yorkshire in a retail park and they sell food milk buscuits confectionerys, toiletries household cleaners etc etc.much cheaper than many big superstores.
The Whitebirk retail park were restricted from selling food and clothing,because that would have been detrimental impact on town centres in East Lancashire.
So Moran , just what are you saying here , Asian name dropping . What do you actually want to happen here ?
Yes Adolf we are guest here and you want to send us back to where we came from ?
Yes Poundstrechers, Blackburn Rovers FC,Bestway Cash And Carry Ltd,Euro Garages Ltd Accrol Papers Ltd, New Look, B& M Stores Jaguar Land Rover Corus Tata Steel Tetley Tea are all owned by Asian millionaires and Billionaires which you should have bought Adolf.
Perhaps you should emigrate to Australia New Zealand or Canada like all your grandads Aunts and Uncles ?
[quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: Poundstretchers has always sold shoes giftwares china clothing,fancy goods travel goods and toys. Pounstretchers now sells groceries food and toiletries too under the new ownership Crown Crest group based in Leicester owner Mr Rashid Tayub. I visited one Pounstretcher store in Yorkshire in a retail park and they sell food milk buscuits confectionerys, toiletries household cleaners etc etc.much cheaper than many big superstores. The Whitebirk retail park were restricted from selling food and clothing,because that would have been detrimental impact on town centres in East Lancashire.[/p][/quote]So Moran , just what are you saying here , Asian name dropping . What do you actually want to happen here ?[/p][/quote]Yes Adolf we are guest here and you want to send us back to where we came from ? Yes Poundstrechers, Blackburn Rovers FC,Bestway Cash And Carry Ltd,Euro Garages Ltd Accrol Papers Ltd, New Look, B& M Stores Jaguar Land Rover Corus Tata Steel Tetley Tea are all owned by Asian millionaires and Billionaires which you should have bought Adolf. Perhaps you should emigrate to Australia New Zealand or Canada like all your grandads Aunts and Uncles ? modan
  • Score: 5

5:30pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ladysal says...

modan wrote:
Steven11 wrote:
modan wrote:
Poundstretchers has always sold shoes giftwares china clothing,fancy goods travel goods and toys.
Pounstretchers now sells groceries food and toiletries too under the new ownership Crown Crest group based in Leicester owner Mr Rashid Tayub.
I visited one Pounstretcher store in Yorkshire in a retail park and they sell food milk buscuits confectionerys, toiletries household cleaners etc etc.much cheaper than many big superstores.
The Whitebirk retail park were restricted from selling food and clothing,because that would have been detrimental impact on town centres in East Lancashire.
So Moran , just what are you saying here , Asian name dropping . What do you actually want to happen here ?
Yes Adolf we are guest here and you want to send us back to where we came from ?
Yes Poundstrechers, Blackburn Rovers FC,Bestway Cash And Carry Ltd,Euro Garages Ltd Accrol Papers Ltd, New Look, B& M Stores Jaguar Land Rover Corus Tata Steel Tetley Tea are all owned by Asian millionaires and Billionaires which you should have bought Adolf.
Perhaps you should emigrate to Australia New Zealand or Canada like all your grandads Aunts and Uncles ?
I'm with Steven11 - your point is, Modan?
[quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]modan[/bold] wrote: Poundstretchers has always sold shoes giftwares china clothing,fancy goods travel goods and toys. Pounstretchers now sells groceries food and toiletries too under the new ownership Crown Crest group based in Leicester owner Mr Rashid Tayub. I visited one Pounstretcher store in Yorkshire in a retail park and they sell food milk buscuits confectionerys, toiletries household cleaners etc etc.much cheaper than many big superstores. The Whitebirk retail park were restricted from selling food and clothing,because that would have been detrimental impact on town centres in East Lancashire.[/p][/quote]So Moran , just what are you saying here , Asian name dropping . What do you actually want to happen here ?[/p][/quote]Yes Adolf we are guest here and you want to send us back to where we came from ? Yes Poundstrechers, Blackburn Rovers FC,Bestway Cash And Carry Ltd,Euro Garages Ltd Accrol Papers Ltd, New Look, B& M Stores Jaguar Land Rover Corus Tata Steel Tetley Tea are all owned by Asian millionaires and Billionaires which you should have bought Adolf. Perhaps you should emigrate to Australia New Zealand or Canada like all your grandads Aunts and Uncles ?[/p][/quote]I'm with Steven11 - your point is, Modan? ladysal
  • Score: -3

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