From camping to Burger King drive-thrus – plans submitted for approval across Lancashire

Lancashire borough councils face an influx of planning requests every week, ranging from plans for new hotels, housing estates, shops and restaurants.

This week we saw that the company owned by the Issa brothers of Blackburn is set to bring Burger King to Asda in Blackpool, while Preston City Council has been recommended to turn down plans for 33 new units industries in Broughton. The government has also confirmed that it will appeal a decision refusing permission for a new prison on the border of Leyland and Chorley.

Here we provide a roundup of some of the other plans that have been submitted or decided this week in Lancashire. They include two separate proposals to use former pubs in Blackburn and Preston, objections to a medical waste incinerator near Ormskirk and plans to build a campsite on farmland in Billington in the Ribble Valley.

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A new dog salon is set to open in the former Royal Nail store in Whalley Road. The building is currently unused and Timothy Smith of Great Harwood wants to change the use of the premises. A local councilor said it would be good to ‘reuse vacant premises’ and did not believe the proposed change of use would create an additional parking charge.


Plans have been submitted to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to convert the vacant West View Hotel in Revidge Road, Blackburn, into a family home by Shakil Mazhar of Maple Street. The pub ‘has been empty for some time’ and one councilor said nothing other than residential accommodation would be suitable.


Hundreds of objections have been lodged against plans to build 76 affordable homes on land east of Charter Lane in Charnock Richard. Councilors had been recommended to approve the plans, after council could demonstrate that a sufficient amount of land was set aside for new housing, but a decision was delayed to allow a site visit.


A petition has been launched against plans to build a new youth center on land behind St. Nicholas Church on Broadway. A resident against the center said it would be “the wrong place to put it” and added: “If you put a new two-storey building right next to apartments where older people live, there will be noise and excitement each time they leave the centre. at the end of the evening.”


Thousands of people have backed a campaign against plans to build an incinerator to burn 3,650 tonnes of medical waste a year on land off Stopgate Lane in Simonswood, Bickerstaffe. The plans would replace an existing building on the Simonswood Industrial Park with a brand new high temperature processing facility purpose-built for the management of medical waste.


The 160-year-old abandoned Cricketers Arms pub in South Meadow Lane is set to be demolished to make way for six new homes. The abandonment of the property has caused horror and frustration for residents, but work is finally set to progress after council granted permission earlier this month.

Ribble Valley

Sander Douglas of Langho has submitted an application to change the land use at Hacking Hall lamb and beef farm in Billington. The plans are part of an agricultural diversification project and after running a campsite under permitted 56-day development rights, Mr Douglas found the tourist site to be a ‘huge success’.

The plans state: “Agricultural infrastructure is not adequate to meet modern animal welfare standards for livestock and options for more intensive agricultural production are not possible without significant investment in new buildings and the manure storage.

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