Pendle Council’s Executive last night considered whether to agree funding for the demolition of the former Colne Health Centre.
The council bought the centre and corner surgery in Market Street last February to ensure the prime town centre building is developed in a way which meets the town’s needs.
The Health Centre and surgery were closed in 2014 when the new multi-million pound Health Centre in Craddock Road opened.
A report into the centre’s future stated that the building contains 47 rooms of various sizes and shapes which would be difficult and costly to convert it for different commercial uses. The estimated cost of demolishing the building has been put at £35,000.
The report also highlighted that as the corner surgery is part of a terraced row of shops, it’s not possible for it to form part of the proposed demolition, and therefore it should be put on the market for sale.
Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “The former health centre is in a fantastic location right in the heart of Colne, opposite the market.
“We bought it to ensure that we can control what it becomes and make sure that Colne continues to be one of the best market towns in the UK, attracting visitors from far afield.
“There have been a number of successful regeneration projects in Colne, such as Shackleton Hall and Hartley Square (Colne precinct) which is now fully occupied.
“And with vacancy rates dropping below the national average, there’s a strong indication that there’s potential demand for further retail or commercial development in the town. As an Executive we want to work with residents and businesses on the future of the site.”
Coun. Tony Greaves, Deputy Leader of Pendle Council, added: “This site is very important for the future of the town and we want to make sure it plays a leading part in the success of our town centre in the coming years.”
It’s proposed that if demolition is given the go ahead, PEARL, a joint venture between Pendle Council and Barnfield Investment Properties Ltd, will come up with options for consideration by councillors and local people.