Multi-million pound development set to ‘transform’ Burnley town centre

A planning application for the 43,000 sq ft Curzon Street site, once earmarked for the Oval shopping centre before those plans collapsed in March 2012, will be submitted by the end of the year

A planning application for the 43,000 sq ft Curzon Street site, once earmarked for the Oval shopping centre before those plans collapsed in March 2012, will be submitted by the end of the year

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A MULTI-MILLION pound development – including a nine-screen cinema and six restaurants – will ‘transform’ Burnley town centre.

The former Pioneer site, which was once a Leos store, has been bought from Burnley Council by leisure and retail developers Terrace Hill.

It is believed the restaurants will be big-name national chains. Plans also include a coffee shop and 287-space car park.

A planning application for the 43,000 sq ft Curzon Street site, once earmarked for the Oval shopping centre before those plans collapsed in March 2012, will be submitted by the end of the year.

And the council and developers will aim to ensure the project is delivered by summer 2016.

The development will be a ‘huge boost’ for the town centre, according to Burnley Council chief executive Steve Rumbelow while chamber of trade president Brian Hobbs said it would add another dimension to the town centre's night-time economy.

Coun Mark Townsend, leader of Burnley Council, said: “This is excellent news and we will work closely with Terrace Hill to make this happen as quickly as possible.

“It’s part of a far bigger picture of investment in Burnley town centre which will transform the way it looks and make it even more attractive to shoppers and visitors.

“That includes investment by Addington Capital in refurbishing Charter Walk and creating larger stores, the development of town centre student accommodation proposed in the former Burnley College building, new apartments being created in the former courthouse next to the Pioneer site, and the investment in improving the pedestrianised area of St James Street and beyond.”

The site, off Active Way and adjacent to Charter Walk Shopping Centre, has been left as a surface car park since the Oval plans were first mooted in 2004.

The Pioneer Co-op store used to be on the site, but it closed in January 2001 with the loss of 60 jobs.

It was demolished after the North West Development Agency gave a £1.8million grant to buy back the long-term lease from the Co-op so that Burnley Council could be the sole owners.

Mr Rumbelow said: “This is a positive move which would further boost the town centre. This agreement is a statement of intent by the developers that shows they have exciting plans for the site.

“The proposed development of the former Pioneer site is another sign of confidence in Burnley’s future and, a boost for the local economy.”

Mr Hobbs said: “I’m really pleased to see something on that site and it is the right development.

“The town has a good offering for young people and a reasonable day-time and night-time economy, but this will increase that and bring different people into the town to use the cinema and restaurants, which can only be good news.”

This latest acquisition by Terrace Hill follows on from the success it has had in Darlington, on a very similar scheme, where construction will start next month.

Over the last few years a number of high profile developments have been successfully delivered by the developer for Asda, Sainsbury’s and other major companies.

Duncan McEwan, head of retail development at the company, said: “The requirement for alternative developments in town centres is clear as shopping habits have changed, and leisure is the obvious addition that will help to improve the dwell times of shoppers.

“A scheme such as this will bring in families and will provide vibrancy in the evenings and at weekends.

“We are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with Burnley Borough Council, and are confident that our strong track record in delivering this new offer will add real value to the town, its residents and visitors.”

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7:10am Fri 25 Jul 14

kateash says...

Do we really need another cinema in the town and restaurants? We need quality shops to encourage people to come into Burnley during the day not in the evening. Also that car park is very well used.. Another very tight car park such as the one next door to this is not the solution !
Do we really need another cinema in the town and restaurants? We need quality shops to encourage people to come into Burnley during the day not in the evening. Also that car park is very well used.. Another very tight car park such as the one next door to this is not the solution ! kateash
  • Score: -11

7:26am Fri 25 Jul 14

Kevin, Colne says...

I wish this project well. This new plan sounds like an alternative that has real coherence and fits well with other developments in the central area.

I think that in time we’ll look back on the failure of the plans for The Oval Shopping Project as a blessing in disguise. It was a close-run thing, but The Oval was a promotion for a shopping era that was drawing to a close. In some respects the failure of The Oval will prove to be the salvation of Charter Walk. Charter Walk is being reconfigures to offer the sort of large units that key retailers require. Far better having a smaller shopping centre that has high occupancy than a large centre with low occupancy, in my view.

It’s easy to be critical of Burnley, and heaven know the place has many problems - too often the view of the town by many outsiders is negative, but more to the point just plain wrong.

I realise that this may make me sound like an odd-ball, but I’m immensely proud of Burnley. It’s great to see all the hard work and effort of various local and national agencies and politicians of all parties and none finally bearing fruit.

Top marks to all concerned.
I wish this project well. This new plan sounds like an alternative that has real coherence and fits well with other developments in the central area. I think that in time we’ll look back on the failure of the plans for The Oval Shopping Project as a blessing in disguise. It was a close-run thing, but The Oval was a promotion for a shopping era that was drawing to a close. In some respects the failure of The Oval will prove to be the salvation of Charter Walk. Charter Walk is being reconfigures to offer the sort of large units that key retailers require. Far better having a smaller shopping centre that has high occupancy than a large centre with low occupancy, in my view. It’s easy to be critical of Burnley, and heaven know the place has many problems - too often the view of the town by many outsiders is negative, but more to the point just plain wrong. I realise that this may make me sound like an odd-ball, but I’m immensely proud of Burnley. It’s great to see all the hard work and effort of various local and national agencies and politicians of all parties and none finally bearing fruit. Top marks to all concerned. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 41

8:27am Fri 25 Jul 14

mick717 says...

Looks good but burnley just need to sort the market out now.
Looks good but burnley just need to sort the market out now. mick717
  • Score: 17

9:30am Fri 25 Jul 14

shimmy says...

This plan beggars belief, have the wise guys who thought up the idea been to our local cinema Reel? This is an excellent venue but I have often been sat in there with very few others. I also go to the Odeon in Manchester and the situation is the same there. Six restaurants seems about five too many. Because someone expresses an interest in a site is not a good enough reason to accept that it is a good idea.
To increase footfall in Burnley we need a vibrant market similar to Bury and good parking. To achieve that we need to reduce market rents,the open market is a disgrace to our heritage.
This plan beggars belief, have the wise guys who thought up the idea been to our local cinema Reel? This is an excellent venue but I have often been sat in there with very few others. I also go to the Odeon in Manchester and the situation is the same there. Six restaurants seems about five too many. Because someone expresses an interest in a site is not a good enough reason to accept that it is a good idea. To increase footfall in Burnley we need a vibrant market similar to Bury and good parking. To achieve that we need to reduce market rents,the open market is a disgrace to our heritage. shimmy
  • Score: 10

9:39am Fri 25 Jul 14

Burnley_Sailor says...

Just wondering out loud- IF this ever gets off the ground (come on now- I was a pupil at Gawthorpe when this was first mooted, since then I've been to college and been in the military for nearly a decade!), and with the rebuilding of the railway station at Manchester Rd, will the area around Central station be sorted out also?
I mean, who wants to come to a town that has allegidly been revamped, only to get of the train and see the run down buildigs next to Central station- what a welcom that is!.
Just wondering out loud- IF this ever gets off the ground (come on now- I was a pupil at Gawthorpe when this was first mooted, since then I've been to college and been in the military for nearly a decade!), and with the rebuilding of the railway station at Manchester Rd, will the area around Central station be sorted out also? I mean, who wants to come to a town that has allegidly been revamped, only to get of the train and see the run down buildigs next to Central station- what a welcom that is!. Burnley_Sailor
  • Score: 12

10:34am Fri 25 Jul 14

burner says...

. . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?
. . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ? burner
  • Score: 13

11:33am Fri 25 Jul 14

Izanears says...

kateash wrote:
Do we really need another cinema in the town and restaurants? We need quality shops to encourage people to come into Burnley during the day not in the evening. Also that car park is very well used.. Another very tight car park such as the one next door to this is not the solution !
For quality shops you need quality shoppers kateash, and from what I have seen when in Burnley they are few and very far beteen.
[quote][p][bold]kateash[/bold] wrote: Do we really need another cinema in the town and restaurants? We need quality shops to encourage people to come into Burnley during the day not in the evening. Also that car park is very well used.. Another very tight car park such as the one next door to this is not the solution ![/p][/quote]For quality shops you need quality shoppers kateash, and from what I have seen when in Burnley they are few and very far beteen. Izanears
  • Score: -4

11:50am Fri 25 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

the beaver wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
burner wrote:
. . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?
I also think that story should be open to discussion.

I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible.

Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???
It started off open yesterday but LT closed it. My point yesterday was that they could take it off while driving and put it back on when leaving the car. Your not aloud headphones while driving surely this is worse. Its not that anyone is remotely interested or come in contact while they are in the car anyway.
Having done a little bit of research on the Burkha or Burqa, it seems it is now banned in quite a few countries and not just France. The laws of France, Holland, Belgium and Italy prohibit the wearing of any garment that conceals the identity of an individual in a public place.

Yet our spineless government continue to allow these things to be worn over here.

BAN THE BURKHA NOW!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: . . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?[/p][/quote]I also think that story should be open to discussion. I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible. Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???[/p][/quote]It started off open yesterday but LT closed it. My point yesterday was that they could take it off while driving and put it back on when leaving the car. Your not aloud headphones while driving surely this is worse. Its not that anyone is remotely interested or come in contact while they are in the car anyway.[/p][/quote]Having done a little bit of research on the Burkha or Burqa, it seems it is now banned in quite a few countries and not just France. The laws of France, Holland, Belgium and Italy prohibit the wearing of any garment that conceals the identity of an individual in a public place. Yet our spineless government continue to allow these things to be worn over here. BAN THE BURKHA NOW!!!!! GracesDad
  • Score: 12

11:58am Fri 25 Jul 14

Minnie the moocher says...

GracesDad wrote:
the beaver wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
burner wrote:
. . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?
I also think that story should be open to discussion.

I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible.

Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???
It started off open yesterday but LT closed it. My point yesterday was that they could take it off while driving and put it back on when leaving the car. Your not aloud headphones while driving surely this is worse. Its not that anyone is remotely interested or come in contact while they are in the car anyway.
Having done a little bit of research on the Burkha or Burqa, it seems it is now banned in quite a few countries and not just France. The laws of France, Holland, Belgium and Italy prohibit the wearing of any garment that conceals the identity of an individual in a public place.

Yet our spineless government continue to allow these things to be worn over here.

BAN THE BURKHA NOW!!!!!
I agree. It states in the Koran that men must avert their gaze when women are present, thus placing the onus on the men to be respectful. It's outrageous that some women feel compelled to wear them.
I'm sad that a child was injured, but not surprised....where is the drivers peripheral vision when driving?
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: . . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?[/p][/quote]I also think that story should be open to discussion. I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible. Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???[/p][/quote]It started off open yesterday but LT closed it. My point yesterday was that they could take it off while driving and put it back on when leaving the car. Your not aloud headphones while driving surely this is worse. Its not that anyone is remotely interested or come in contact while they are in the car anyway.[/p][/quote]Having done a little bit of research on the Burkha or Burqa, it seems it is now banned in quite a few countries and not just France. The laws of France, Holland, Belgium and Italy prohibit the wearing of any garment that conceals the identity of an individual in a public place. Yet our spineless government continue to allow these things to be worn over here. BAN THE BURKHA NOW!!!!![/p][/quote]I agree. It states in the Koran that men must avert their gaze when women are present, thus placing the onus on the men to be respectful. It's outrageous that some women feel compelled to wear them. I'm sad that a child was injured, but not surprised....where is the drivers peripheral vision when driving? Minnie the moocher
  • Score: 14

3:00pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Lancslad01 says...

burner wrote:
. . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?
im getting a burkha before they become illegal...can get away with owt with one of those on.
[quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: . . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?[/p][/quote]im getting a burkha before they become illegal...can get away with owt with one of those on. Lancslad01
  • Score: 8

10:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

slants says...

Charter Walk is being reconfigures to offer the sort of large units that key retailers require. hahahah unreal what planet some diickheads live on.Usual buuulllshiit probably never get off the ground but the councillors will have had their expenses and brown envelopes by then so what .6 restaurants hahahahahahha
Charter Walk is being reconfigures to offer the sort of large units that key retailers require. hahahah unreal what planet some diickheads live on.Usual buuulllshiit probably never get off the ground but the councillors will have had their expenses and brown envelopes by then so what .6 restaurants hahahahahahha slants
  • Score: -3

3:56pm Sat 26 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

GracesDad wrote:
burner wrote:
. . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?
I also think that story should be open to discussion.

I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible.

Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???
Can you really see it happening, even if several hundreds of thousands / millions signed a petition?
The politicians would be frightened to death of the consequences and probable civil disobedience that would undoubtedly follow from "the community".

The French unquestionably have the balls we lack.
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: . . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?[/p][/quote]I also think that story should be open to discussion. I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible. Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???[/p][/quote]Can you really see it happening, even if several hundreds of thousands / millions signed a petition? The politicians would be frightened to death of the consequences and probable civil disobedience that would undoubtedly follow from "the community". The French unquestionably have the balls we lack. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: 2

9:48pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sophiered says...

the beaver wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
burner wrote:
. . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?
I also think that story should be open to discussion.

I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible.

Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???
It started off open yesterday but LT closed it. My point yesterday was that they could take it off while driving and put it back on when leaving the car. Your not aloud headphones while driving surely this is worse. Its not that anyone is remotely interested or come in contact while they are in the car anyway.
there is no law against headphones
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: . . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?[/p][/quote]I also think that story should be open to discussion. I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible. Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???[/p][/quote]It started off open yesterday but LT closed it. My point yesterday was that they could take it off while driving and put it back on when leaving the car. Your not aloud headphones while driving surely this is worse. Its not that anyone is remotely interested or come in contact while they are in the car anyway.[/p][/quote]there is no law against headphones sophiered
  • Score: 0

9:49pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sophiered says...

GracesDad wrote:
burner wrote:
. . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?
I also think that story should be open to discussion.

I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible.

Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???
we are in the eu if france can ban it so should we
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burner[/bold] wrote: . . . . " the driver, an Asian woman wearing a burkha, " . . . . whose vision was probably impared ?[/p][/quote]I also think that story should be open to discussion. I would like to register my vote to ban the burkha in this country. I'm led to beilieve they have no religious grounds for wearing one and I strongly urge the British Government to grow a backbone and follow the Frnech in getting them banned as soon as possible. Can anyone enlighten me as to why these women actually put these utterly ridiculous garments over their heads???[/p][/quote]we are in the eu if france can ban it so should we sophiered
  • Score: 3

12:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

Darwen Malc says...

Anyone wearing a Burkha is either 'plug ugly' or stupid...but that aside...

Blackburn is bad enough, but BURNLEY...oh come on, do us a favour, Why on earth would Burnley need a multiplex of that size and six restaurants in the same complex? It's not like everyone from the North West is going to 'flood into the town' is it?
Anyone wearing a Burkha is either 'plug ugly' or stupid...but that aside... Blackburn is bad enough, but BURNLEY...oh come on, do us a favour, Why on earth would Burnley need a multiplex of that size and six restaurants in the same complex? It's not like everyone from the North West is going to 'flood into the town' is it? Darwen Malc
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Random Username says...

Why has a positive story about the ongoing regeneration of Burnley been trolled by some discussion about the burkha? Please have your discussion elsewhere, there are plenty of other forums.
Why has a positive story about the ongoing regeneration of Burnley been trolled by some discussion about the burkha? Please have your discussion elsewhere, there are plenty of other forums. Random Username
  • Score: 0

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