Blackburn betting store refused amid fears it would undermine town centre

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Council bosses have turned down a bid to open a new bookies in Blackburn amid problems it would “undermine” the power of the city centre.

Sussex-primarily based Jade Leisure Ltd had submitted an software to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to change the former Cash Generator at 14 Lord Road in the heart of the town centre into a betting shop. The home was detailed as currently being readily available for rent five months ago but is now explained as no for a longer time available.

The application was delegated to preparing officer Nick Blackledge whose encouraged refusal was this month backed by the council’s Director of Place Martin Kelly.

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In their software Jade Leisure argued the new bookies would carry back again into use a vacant unit and a “sense of vitality” to the region which previously has a range of vacant shops.

Their software said: “This enhancement would fill the existing store, which at this time lies vacant, bringing back a feeling of vitality in the area, wherever numerous of the store fronts also lie unused. The web page lies on the secondary procuring front in Blackburn’s Northgate purchasing region.

“As these, it occupies a notable situation on the corner of Lord Street and Northgate and would gain from currently being introduced back into use from its present-day vacant condition.”

In refusing the application council bosses said a new bookies would stand for an “above concentration of betting outlets” and be contradiction to the council’s program for the Northgate Quarter.

Organizing officer Mr Blackledge said in his report: “The proposed development would undermine the strength and target of the City Centres browsing present and the Council’s strategic objectives for the Northgate Quarter, by cause of a displaced retail use and around concentration of Betting Outlets at a outlined Secondary Procuring Frontage within the outlined Northgate Quarter.

It is thought of that any economic gain arising from the improvement would not outweigh the recognized policy conflict. Furthermore, application of preparing circumstances would not get over this sort of objection.”

Very last yr the council unveiled comprehensive plans of setting up work in Blakey Moor explained as “a important component” of the £3.8million Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage project, part-financed by the Countrywide Lottery, to remodel the mostly-Victorian Northgate aspect of the town centre into a leisure quarter of cafes, coffee residences and bars.

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