Re­gen­er­a­tion boss hits back at Civic Trust over Spin­ning Point op­po­si­tion

Rossendale Free Press - - Obituaries -

A COUN­CIL chief has ac­cused some mem­bers of Rossendale Civic Trust of be­ing ‘anti-de­vel­op­ment’ af­ter they de­scribed phase two of Rawten­stall’s £5.4 mil­lion re­gen­er­a­tion as ‘se­ri­ously flawed’.

The Spin­ning Point plans in­clude the con­struc­tion of a pair of three-storey blocks con­tain­ing a mix­ture of re­tail and leisure units plus ei­ther a 72-bed­room hotel or 28 res­i­den­tial apart­ments.

Rawten­stall Cham­ber of Com­merce and the trust were both op­posed to the plans, which re­ceived 49 ob­jec­tions and ten let­ters of sup­port, be­fore gain­ing ap­proval at Rossendale coun­cil’s plan­ning meet­ing in March. A state­ment ●● Rossendale coun­cil’s re­gen­er­a­tion chief coun­cil­lor Andy MacNae from the trust af­ter the de­ci­sion said: “That this was passed de­spite le­git­i­mate con­cerns from us and a num­ber of other pub­lic bod­ies, in­clud­ing the Rawten­stall Cham­ber of Com­merce and Lan­cashire County Coun­cil, demon­strates the coun­cil’s con­tin­ued un­will­ing­ness, or in­abil­ity, to ac­cept crit­i­cism re­gard­ing the de­vel­op­ment. We feel that the pass­ing of this plan­ning per­mis­sion is both se­ri­ously flawed and pre­ma­ture.

“Th­ese pro­pos­als have been passed be­fore the com­ple­tion of phase one; the re­de­vel­op­ment of the old town hall and con­struc­tion of the new bus sta­tion. They have yet to break ground on the bus sta­tion and work on the town hall has al­ready en­coun­tered a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant set­backs.”

In re­sponse Coun Andy MacNae, Rossendale coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for re­gen­er­a­tion, said there has been ‘a huge amount of con­sul­ta­tion and pub­lic ses­sions about the scheme’. He added: “The coun­cil has lis­tened at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. This can be shown by our re­ac­tion to the points made by His­toric Eng­land who we re­sponded to – and they now sup­port the scheme.

“I feel that some mem­bers of the civic trust op­pose any kind of de­vel­op­ment. Plan­ning per­mis­sion for phase two was vi­tal so that we can go out and gauge the level of in­ter­est from busi­nesses and re­spond to that.” www.agape­fu­ner­alser­vice.co.uk

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