An announcement is imminent on the future of the former health centre site in Colne.
Pendle Council is about to launch a short consultation with local people – traders, shoppers and residents – on plans that involve knocking down the existing building in Market Street and building new shops with apartments above.
The old health centre was bought by the council after the NHS declared it surplus to its needs. The building is made up of concrete blocks and inside it has been described as a “warren”.
The plan is to knock it down and build a modern building in a style and materials that better fit in with Colne’s old shopping street.
Colne Liberal Democrat Coun. Tony Greaves, who is Deputy Leader of Pendle Council, said that this is an exciting time for Colne.
He said: “Most of the existing shops in the street are occupied and we believe there is a demand for more.
“It is over 40 years since the old Colne Borough Council foolishly knocked down the old shops where the Old Health Centre stands.
“I hope we can put right a big mistake of the past, which Liberal councillors and traders fought against all that time ago.”
Coun. Greaves stressed that the new development, which if all goes to plan will be built and owned by the council’s joint venture company PEARL, will have to pay its way.
He added: “Everyone has been working hard to create a proposal which will do that and at the same time be really good for Colne.”