Barnoldswick Tesco plans online

The proposed Tesco superstore for Barnoldswick
The proposed Tesco superstore for Barnoldswick

PLANS for a Tesco store in Barnoldswick have been submitted to Pendle Council, with residents and traders in the town now able to register their comments.

The submission follows months of consultation by the supermarket chain and developer Liberty Properties.

There has already been strong reactions from both supporters and those in opposition to the proposals to build the town’s first superstore on part of the L&P Springs site at Wellhouse Road.

If given the green light, Tesco said the development would create 58 full-time jobs and 117 part-time, as well as securing the long-term future of 36 jobs at L&P Springs.

Tesco corporate affairs manager Matthew Magee said: “We are delighted to have submitted proposals to bring supermarket shopping to Barnoldswick.

“We have received a lot of support from local residents who want to stay in Barnoldswick to conduct their weekly grocery shop, but currently travel to neighbouring towns.

“We have worked closely with the community, listened to their views and adapted our plans to create a store that benefits as many people as possible.”

Changes to the initial proposals include moving the store and service yard further away from residents on Vicarage Road, increasing landscaping and a buffer zone around the site, and providing a dual footpath and cycle way in to the store.

The proposed 3,344 sq. m superstore would have a car park for 183 cars, as well as space for cycles and motorbikes.

There are also plans for a new give way junction on Wellhouse Road to access the store.

After a public exhibition held in the town in July, Tesco said 74% of the 350 people who attended had been in favour of the plans, while a public meeting held last month garnered the pledges of around 200 people to oppose the scheme.

Mr Magee added: “We remain committed to working alongside local traders and discussing how we can help improve footfall in to the town centre. Figures suggest that Barnoldswick residents spend £26 million outside the area every year, and we want to help bring some of this money back.

“We have got meetings coming up with traders to discuss how we can make sure our arrival in the town in a benefit. We really want to have a positive relationship with them.”

The plans can be viewed at www.pendle.gov.uk/planning with the case number 13/11/0566P or at Nelson Town Hall.