Blackburn to approve F&B units for £3.8m revamp

Blakey Moor Terrace, a row of Victorian buildings in the Northgate area of the town, is to be revamped as part of the council’s plans to regenerate the town centre.

Meanwhile, Nelson-based developer Landway Properties is anticipating approval from the council to build 63 homes in the Pleckgate area of Blackburn. 

The three-storey Blakey Moor Terrace, which Blackburn Council bought from multiple landlords to bring forward the project, currently houses five ground floor retail units and takeaway restaurants of varying sizes. 

Plans put forward by the council and designed by Leeds-based Ginger Architects, propose the demolition of the single-storey rear extensions and the redesign of the ground floor to create two larger units for food and drink occupiers. 

The two units will together total 10,300 sq ft. 

An accompanying outdoor courtyard and a stepped garden terrace at the rear of the development is also proposed, as well as refreshed unit frontages. 

The project is being jointly funded by the council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, each of which will contribute £1.5m to the scheme along with some private contributions, according to the council.  

Blakey Moor Terrace Blackburn

The Victorian terrace will contain two ground floor restaurants

Meanwhile, in Pleckgate, Landway Properties is anticipating approval for its 63-home scheme, on nine acres off Ramsgreave Drive. 

Part of the North Blackburn masterplan, the project comprises 62 four-bedroom homes and a single three-bedroom property. The houses would be delivered by McDermott Homes, part of Landway.  

Smith & Love is the planning consultant for the scheme.  

Councillors supported the application at June’s planning committee meeting but the plans were returned to committee following confusion over land ownership and the terms of a section 106 contribution to the NHS. 

The land issue has been resolved, and the NHS has asked for an £87,000 contribution. 

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