Major revamp for Nelson town centre shops

Nelson centre shops
Nelson centre shops

Major plans for the redevelopment of a long derelict block of shops in the centre of Nelson have been submitted to Pendle Council.

If approved, they would mean the block – once home to the old Woolworths and Burtons mens outfitters – which had entrances in both Scotland Road and Leeds Road undergo big changes.

These would include the demolition of Hanson’s Butchers at 11 Leeds Road.

The long-established business, which has won many awards for the quality of its products, moved out of the shop and into the market hall on Tuesday.

The plans also include:

l A first-floor extension at the rear of the Scotland Road section of the building.

l The conversion and extension of the arcade cafe at 7-9 Leeds Road to form seven flats.

l And external alterations to the main shop complex at 9-17 Leeds Road and 6-18 Scotland Road, including an access ramp and new shop fronts.

The application from the Mayan Partnership is set to go before Pendle Council’s Nelson Committee on June 2nd.

The committee unanimously approved an application for the conversion of the first floor of the block into 11 apartments in December.

As former retail units, planning permission is not required to reopen the un its.