Green Bengal is now gone - but will developers get permission to build a Sainsbury's in its place?

The Bolton News: AFTER: What remains of the Green Bengal AFTER: What remains of the Green Bengal

THE former Green Bengal restaurant in Bromley Cross has been demolished — and residents must now wait to see if a decision to reject plans for a supermarket in its place will be upheld.

Tonge Moor-based CW Construction has demolished the building in Darwen Road, formerly the Volunteer Inn and has appealed to the government to reverse a decision by Bolton Council to reject plans for a new Sainsbury’s store on the site.

The original decision to reject the application for a supermarket, two shops and a car park was made at a meeting of Bolton Council’s planning committee in March, but the developers were still permitted to knock the building down.

Residents had complained that the supermarket plan did not include enough parking spaces and that if it was built it would loom large over nearby houses.

Bromley Cross councillor and leader of the conservatives in Bolton, David Greenhalgh said: “We have actually delivered about 300 letters to the local people, urging them to email and write in to the planning inspector.

“We do want a development on the site — we don’t want it to remain an eyesore — but it has to be the right development or we will be dealing with casework on the matter for years to come.”

Cllr Greenhalgh said the original plans were wrongly thought out.

He added: “It would be in the wrong place, based on a very dangerous bend and in close proximity to schools and a train station — I hope that the planning inspector will listen to local knowledge.

“I don’t understand why the idea of some tasteful housing has never been considered.”

HISTORY OF THE GREEN BENGAL

BEFORE it was an Indian restaurant, the site was The Volunteer Inn, a landmark pub, with a fascinating past.

On September 28, 1878, John Lewis from Blackburn Rovers, T. Hindle of Darwen and W.T. Dixon, secretary of Turton FC met in the pub’s parlour to discuss creating a football league for Lancashire.

Following that meeting the Lancashire FA was formed — an organisation which has since supported thousands of footballers.

The pub was also owned by John Hamer, a successful racehorse owner and the chairman of Turton Urban District Council in 1941 to 1942.

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7:11am Thu 12 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

We love demolishing buildings in Bolton, but putting something in their place is where the Town falls down. Just look at the pile of rubble that is supposed to be the new bus station. Talk about slow.
We love demolishing buildings in Bolton, but putting something in their place is where the Town falls down. Just look at the pile of rubble that is supposed to be the new bus station. Talk about slow. Ernagy2
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8:26am Thu 12 Jun 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Now it's knocked down, the only thing they'll let be built despite opposition is a mosque... Shop. No! Restaurant. No! Health centre. No! Another mosque? N..... Go on then yeah there's not enough up there we need it to be in line with the rest of Bolton!....
Now it's knocked down, the only thing they'll let be built despite opposition is a mosque... Shop. No! Restaurant. No! Health centre. No! Another mosque? N..... Go on then yeah there's not enough up there we need it to be in line with the rest of Bolton!.... itsnotthatbad
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11:26am Thu 12 Jun 14

Comment777 says...

itsnotthatbad wrote:
Now it's knocked down, the only thing they'll let be built despite opposition is a mosque... Shop. No! Restaurant. No! Health centre. No! Another mosque? N..... Go on then yeah there's not enough up there we need it to be in line with the rest of Bolton!....
What a splendid idea. Bromley cross is a multi-culti village without a Mosque to worship at. This must breach some minority rule. I say NO to the supermarket as the junction is too dangerous, but a mosque would see people visiting at less busy times ie out of school run hours.

This building should have been protected considering its history. As the residents of BX are too weak willed to fight for anything of value I say build the Mosque. You reap what you sow in this world.
[quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: Now it's knocked down, the only thing they'll let be built despite opposition is a mosque... Shop. No! Restaurant. No! Health centre. No! Another mosque? N..... Go on then yeah there's not enough up there we need it to be in line with the rest of Bolton!....[/p][/quote]What a splendid idea. Bromley cross is a multi-culti village without a Mosque to worship at. This must breach some minority rule. I say NO to the supermarket as the junction is too dangerous, but a mosque would see people visiting at less busy times ie out of school run hours. This building should have been protected considering its history. As the residents of BX are too weak willed to fight for anything of value I say build the Mosque. You reap what you sow in this world. Comment777
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12:47pm Thu 12 Jun 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Anyone heard of Iraq?
Anyone heard of Iraq? cliff4treasurer
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1:33pm Thu 12 Jun 14

goldie47 says...

how about a mc donalds
how about a mc donalds goldie47
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2:48pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Seth Mould says...

Aw! I used to drink with Danny Jones' dad in The Volunteer, which became the very posh Green Bengal, just up from Seth Mould Mansions where my ex still lives with her toy boy. Just been talking to Alec Martin of NightTrain, who says Danny brought McFly up to play at The Volunteer for his 18th (he thinks). Danny played several open mic nights with Alec and me around the area. He is a really nice lad and deserves success.
Aw! I used to drink with Danny Jones' dad in The Volunteer, which became the very posh Green Bengal, just up from Seth Mould Mansions where my ex still lives with her toy boy. Just been talking to Alec Martin of NightTrain, who says Danny brought McFly up to play at The Volunteer for his 18th (he thinks). Danny played several open mic nights with Alec and me around the area. He is a really nice lad and deserves success. Seth Mould
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