Blackburn trees promise as bowling green redevelopment passes

TWO new industrial units are set to be built on a disused bowling green after a councilor promised the site’s ‘beautiful’ trees would be protected.

The proposal for council-owned land on the edge of Blackburn town center to the south-east of Burnley Road near junction six of the M65 was unanimously approved by councillors.

The program involves taking down his bowling shack and a dilapidated children’s playground and cutting down seven “substandard” trees.

The land has suffered from “regular vandalism and anti-social behavior”.

It was approved by Blackburn with Darwen Council’s planning committee on Thursday evening despite 12 objections from neighboring residents over the loss of open leisure space, traffic and the construction of more industrial units.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Paul Browne voted in favor after securing from borough planning officer Gavin Prescott that after the seven trees were felled, the others on the site would be protected.

Councilor Darwen East said: “There are some damn good trees there.

“I want a guarantee that these trees will not be vandalized in any form.

“They are beautiful.”

Mr Prescott said: “I give you that guarantee.”

Blackburn with Regeneration boss Darwen said of the program: “It will complement what we are trying to do with the Carl Fogarty Way developments.

“It will be really good for the region.”

His Tory counterpart Cllr Paul Marrow said: “This is a much needed refurbishment. It’s a good mix of space in the units. I think the area is up.”

The approval includes a contribution of £45,000 from the applicant, Mr Roker of Harwood Street, Blackburn, for the improvement of the roundabout near Carl Fogarty Way.

It also includes the widening of Didsbury Street allowing it to be passed by council.

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