Home Bargains, Great Harwood, Hyndburn, P, planning docs

Hyndburn Council's planning committee has granted proposals for a Home Bargains store in Great Harwood. Credit: via planning docs

Hyndburn to consider £6m Home Bargains store plan

A proposal to create a retail store and garden centre at a former gas storage facility off Heys Lane in Great Harwood, and plans for a solar farm, will go before the council’s planning committee next week.

If granted the Home Bargains store would take up 25,000 sq ft which would include sales and display areas, storage facilities, and staff areas, earmarked for an irregular shaped plot of land near the town centre.

Outside, the open garden centre area would take up 10,000 sq ft. Up to 150 car parking spaces are also proposed, which includes 22 disabled, and parent and child spaces.

The estimated value of the investment to create the store would represent in the region of £6m, according to the planning statement submitted with the application.

Hyndburn Council’s planning committee will decide on the proposal when it meets Wednesday 12 June. It has been recommended for approval.

On the project team for the development are WPL Associates, Steven Abbott Associates, E3P, Tetra Tech, Weetwood, and WPL Consulting.

To view the plans, search for application reference number 11/23/0486 on Hyndburn Council’s planning portal.

Solar farm

Also on the agenda for next week’s meeting is a plan for a solar farm off Coach Road and Meadow Coach Road in Oswaldtwistle

This proposal from the Prospects Community Energy charity is for solar generating facilities with a capacity of up to two megawatts.

The development would include solar panels, security fencing, CCTV, underground cabling, string inverters, connections to substations, and environmental enhancement features.

It is earmarked 5.7 acres of an undeveloped 11-acre site.

Locogen Consulting, Vital Energi, Cooper Energy Engineering, and consultant ecologist Graeme Skelcher feature on the project team.

This proposal has also been recommended for approval.

To view these plans, search for application reference number 11/23/0180 on Hyndburn Council’s planning portal.

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