Flats go-ahead for derelict Burnley courthouse

Inside the county court building

Inside the county court building

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by

BURNLEY’s former county court building will be turned into eight apartments after a developer was granted planning permission.

The 106-year-old building, which has been derelict since 1986, was bought at auction for £160,000 last Ferbruary.

And although the housing project was given the go-ahead in August, its Rochdale-based owners revised their plans after they noticed problems with the building’s windows.

With renovations already under way at the Bankhouse Street site, Burnley Council planning officers have agreed to the alterations, which will see a host of single-glazed timber windows replaced with uPVC frames.

The applicant, Ms E Kasur, said in a planning statement that repairing the timber frames would have been too expensive and offered poorer insulation than the double-glazed uPVC windows.

The statement said: “The building is not listed and it is not in a conservation area.

“It is appreciated that the building is one of the oldest in Burnley, but we feel that the applicant is trying to retain the character of the building as best she can by keeping the original brickwork, feature stonework and other architectural features which has added tremendous cost to the budget.

“It is the applicant’s intention to restore this building and retain most of its original look, making it a showcase feature aesthetically to the local area.

“Some developers could have applied to demolish the building therefore we do not see altering the windows a little would be detrimental to the building or indeed the character of the area.”

The 662 sq m building will house five two-bedroom and three three-bedroom apartments.

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7:00pm Wed 28 May 14

TheCaveman says...

So that's the courthouse being turned into something useful - what about the rest of Standish Street, all the empty shops? - and where are the new residents of the courthouse going to park?
So that's the courthouse being turned into something useful - what about the rest of Standish Street, all the empty shops? - and where are the new residents of the courthouse going to park? TheCaveman
  • Score: 5

9:05pm Wed 28 May 14

slants says...

who would want to live on a bypass????
who would want to live on a bypass???? slants
  • Score: 3

11:01pm Wed 28 May 14

Sogden says...

Nice dormer as well not in keeping with either the building or area, who passed those plans?
Nice dormer as well not in keeping with either the building or area, who passed those plans? Sogden
  • Score: 5

1:02pm Thu 29 May 14

zabby says...

Sogden wrote:
Nice dormer as well not in keeping with either the building or area, who passed those plans?
Stop moaning,so in your opinion it's not in keeping with the area,have you not noticed the new mega mosques being built three of them,are they in keeping with the area,if you're going to whinge ,whinge about something worth whinging about
[quote][p][bold]Sogden[/bold] wrote: Nice dormer as well not in keeping with either the building or area, who passed those plans?[/p][/quote]Stop moaning,so in your opinion it's not in keeping with the area,have you not noticed the new mega mosques being built three of them,are they in keeping with the area,if you're going to whinge ,whinge about something worth whinging about zabby
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Fri 30 May 14

Random Username says...

Well, a fair compromise really given that the original Oval scheme approved it's demolition, the Home Office didn't give a stuff when they abandoned it nearly 30 years ago and Lancashire County Council didn't care about it's setting when Active Way was built in the early 1990s, so at least some of the building's original integrity will be preserved.
Well, a fair compromise really given that the original Oval scheme approved it's demolition, the Home Office didn't give a stuff when they abandoned it nearly 30 years ago and Lancashire County Council didn't care about it's setting when Active Way was built in the early 1990s, so at least some of the building's original integrity will be preserved. Random Username
  • Score: 3

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