Bid to convert Nelson centre shops to flats

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Plans for the conversion of the former Woolworths/Burton shops in Nelson town centre go before councillors on Monday night.

Members of Pendle Council’s Nelson Committee are recommended to approve the Mayan Partnership’s application to demolish the Hanson’s butchers shop in Leeds Road, convert and extend the arcade to form nine flats and carry out external alterations to the frontages in both Leeds Road and Scotland Road.

The two-story side extension in Leeds Road would include rebuilding and extending the frontage over the footprint of the butchers to modernise it, link it to the arcade building and create an entrance to the flats.

The shops have been empty for more than a decade and their condition in recent years has been widely considered as a blight on the town centre.

The site falls partly within Whitefield Conservation Area and a report to members from planning officer Alex Cameron says the butchers’ shop makes a positive contribution to its character.

However, the report goes on: “This is not a significant contribution and its demolition would not result in substantial harm to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

“The proposed new frontage to the adjacent building in place of the butchers would create an open modern glazed frontage which would be more appropriate to its location in the main shopping area of Nelson and would improve the appearance of this part of the town centre.”