Another department store is set to move into Colne after councillors gave it the go ahead.
TK Maxx are the intended occupiers of a retail unit on the redeveloped Glen Mill site in North Valley Road.
The plans were given the go ahead in principle by Pendle Council’s Colne Committee subject to a satisfactory scheme to stop access to the site from Hanover Street being agreed between Pendle Council’s planning department and the owners of the site.
The application for the 2,044sq.m. retail store on the same site as Lidl replaces a previous approval which fell through when Marston’s dropped its plan for a pub. Lidl will share a 200-space car park with TK Maxx.
The proposal attracted objectors, with one commenting: “Your robust and sound planning has failed. You have created mayhem. No number of signage will control the situation.”
Another comment read: “The latest plans as proposed will further compound the situation making matters much worse. The plans are not fit for purpose.”
However, Coun. Graham Waugh, Chairman of Colne Committee, said it was the case of making the best out of a bad situation and stressed councillors had not ignored the views of the public.
He said: “What we have ended up with is probably ideally not the mix of operators but we have got to go with what is going to work.
“It could have been left in a bad place and half developed after Marston’s pulled out but we have a TK Maxx rather than leaving it in a wreck.
“We have listened to residents. Each and every one of us has a different view and there a probably a thousand different arguments.”