Penbrook presses ahead with £22m Nelson retail refresh
The joint venture between Pendle Council and developer Brookhouse has submitted an application for the transformation of Pendle Rise, the town’s main retail complex.
Penbrook Development is forging ahead with the proposal despite the fact the council remains locked in negotiations to acquire Pendle Rise from Future Properties.
The scheme proposes knocking down the 106,000 sq ft complex, built in the 1960s, and replacing it with a 55,000 sq ft retail scheme.
The new development would comprise a 21,000 sq ft food store, and nine retail units ranging from 1,000 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft.
Designed by Urban Edge Architecture, the project also features 143 parking spaces
The former multi-storey car park adjacent to the shopping centre which it once served, has recently been cleared and redeveloped as a Mcdonald’s.
Pegasus Group is advising Penbrook on planning matters.
To learn more about the application, search for reference number 23/0268/FUL on Pendle Council’s planning portal.
Stephen Barnes, chair of the Nelson Town Deal Board, said: the plans could “radically improve” the town.
“Along with a much stronger retail offer for Pendle people, there will be food and drink options and a pleasant area to eat outside, providing a great place for our community to meet,” he said.
“If the planning application goes ahead, there will be job opportunities for local people both during construction and once the project is complete.”
The redevelopment of Pendle Rise is the anchor project of Nelson’s £25m Town Deal and follows a period of public consultation.
“Most people who gave their views wanted to see Pendle Rise tackled as a priority,” said Phillip Spurr, Pendle Council’s director of place.
“That’s why it’s central to Revitalised Nelson and is one of seven projects led by the Nelson Town Deal.”
The joint venture between the council and Brookhouse also plans to invest £12m in the project.