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The granting of planning permission is the next stage in the redevelopment of the Valley Centre space.
Brighter times ahead: The Valley Centre in Rawtenstall
Rossendale Council purchased the building in November of last year, with a view to creating an interim use for the site until it can be fully developed. The design has been created to draw attention to some of the incredible historical buildings surrounding the site. The plans see open spaces, areas to sit and enjoy the area, as well as opportunities for planting and growing all brought together on one site.
The site will become a space where local community groups can hold events; and may even attract interest from businesses looking to host activities there.
In response to comments from local businesses the Council is looking to develop the existing Service Yard area as an official Short Stay Car Park for the interim period. This will aim to increase shoppers to the area and help promote the local shops and amenities. This plan is still in development and will form part of the Valley Centre project.
Cllr Alyson Barnes, Leader of the Council said "This is a pivotal part in the redevelopment of our borough. We are doing something really positive to improve how the town centre looks and feels and I think all can agree it's a really exciting time in Rossendale. The planning permission being granted allows the project to move from planning to doing; and very soon we'll be able to see the physical changes happening."
David Gould, President of the Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce said: "We are delighted that the planning committee unanimously approved the plans that will give the Valley Centre site a new lease of life. The Chamber did have some issues with the original proposals regarding car parking spaces, but Rossendale Borough Council listened and acted on our recommendations and we believe a valuable lesson about consultation has been learned."
The contract for the demolition work is expected to be awarded within the next few days, which will allow a timetable for the works to be drawn up. Whilst the demolition work is being carried out, the Council will continue to work with community groups to gain further ideas for events to be held in the space, and what can go in it, including temporary public art and fruit, vegetable and flower beds.
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