The Colne and District Committee have unanimously approved the latest plans for new shops in the centre of Colne in the building which used to house the former health centre on Richmond Court.
The development by the Council’s joint venture development company, Pearl, will consist of four new shops with apartments above, with the new building to be built to a high quality design to best match the traditional Pennine shops in Colne town centre, featuring real stone with blue slate roofs with a number of traditional features.
“It’s really good news for Colne” said the deputy leader of Pendle Council, Colne Liberal Councillor Tony Greaves. “We agreed on the overall design, which is intended to be in keeping as far as possible with the old shops on that side of the main street [and] a lot of details and, in my view, we now have a building that will be a real boost to our town.
"It will be a credit to Colne and to Pendle Council that has grasped the nettle of developing this site with a development that will do Colne proud,” he added.
The first stage of the redevelopment will consist of demolishing the old health centre building which was bought by Pendle Borough Council when the NHS declared it surplus to their needs after the new centre was opened on Craddock Road.
Councillor Greaves added: “It is a less than attractive building, it’s like a rabbit warren full of partitions inside, and it’s well past its sell-by date.”