Developers refuse to change plans for Sainsbury's in Bromley Cross

The Green Bengal restaurant could become the site for a Sainsbury’s store

The Green Bengal restaurant could become the site for a Sainsbury’s store

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DEVELOPERS behind plans to demolish the Green Bengal restaurant in Bromley Cross and replace it with a supermarket have refused to change their proposals — despite fierce opposition.

The controversial application to knock down the restaurant, formerly the Volunteer Inn, in Darwen Road, and build a Sainsbury’s, two shops and a car park is set to be discussed at today’s meeting of Bolton Council’s planning committee.

At February’s meeting, councillors deferred making a decision to ask developers, CW Construction, whether it would consider reducing the number of retail units to make space for more car parking.

It comes after complaints by councillors and neighbours that there are already problems with traffic congestion along Darwen Road, which will be made worse by delivery lorries.

An officers’ report to the committee — which recommends approving the application — reads: “The applicant has not been forthcoming in amending the scheme, highlighting that the proposal meets the council’s parking standards and that the site is located within a very sustainable location.

“The applicant has however confirmed that should long-stay parking become a problem then it would be dealt with promptly by the site owner to ensure that the car park was available for genuine customers.”

Cllr David Greenhalgh, who represents Bromley Cross, said it was disappointing to hear the officers’ recommendation — and reports that preparatory work had already started at the site.

The Bolton News reported how CW Construction has been carrying out internal strip work and investigation works in the car park. Cllr Greenhalgh said: “Obviously all of the three ward councillors want to see the site developed and not stay as an eyesore in the village.

“But we want to make sure it’s done right and the development doesn’t have a detrimental impact on people living nearby.

“Even with a two hour parking restriction all the staff at these shops will end up parking on residential streets.”

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12:13pm Thu 6 Mar 14

HellBunny says...

“The applicant has however confirmed that should long-stay parking become a problem then it would be dealt with promptly by the site owner to ensure that the car park was available for genuine customers.

What a load of rubbish lets fob everyone off, parking will be a problem there is no question about it and nothing will be done about it. The parking at the co-op is a problem as there isn't enough spaces so you get idiots parking in spaces that aren't actually a car parking space or abandoning the car on the road.
And investigating works in the car park, half the car park has been dug up seems more than just investigating.
“The applicant has however confirmed that should long-stay parking become a problem then it would be dealt with promptly by the site owner to ensure that the car park was available for genuine customers. What a load of rubbish lets fob everyone off, parking will be a problem there is no question about it and nothing will be done about it. The parking at the co-op is a problem as there isn't enough spaces so you get idiots parking in spaces that aren't actually a car parking space or abandoning the car on the road. And investigating works in the car park, half the car park has been dug up seems more than just investigating. HellBunny
  • Score: 5

2:01pm Thu 6 Mar 14

p.rhanna says...

A decent Supermarket in Bromley Cross.....Excellent !
About time too.
All shops in Bromley Cross have parking problems.
The Co Op and the row of shops facing too.
Looking forward to this place opening..its a long time overdue and will certainly put an end to the Cartel that the Co Op has had for a very long time.
Just like in Westhoughton before Sainsburys opened there too.
A decent Supermarket in Bromley Cross.....Excellent ! About time too. All shops in Bromley Cross have parking problems. The Co Op and the row of shops facing too. Looking forward to this place opening..its a long time overdue and will certainly put an end to the Cartel that the Co Op has had for a very long time. Just like in Westhoughton before Sainsburys opened there too. p.rhanna
  • Score: -2

3:04pm Thu 6 Mar 14

HellBunny says...

Proposals for sainsbury's and the 2 other units have been refused, so looks like its back to the drawing board for planning the site.
Proposals for sainsbury's and the 2 other units have been refused, so looks like its back to the drawing board for planning the site. HellBunny
  • Score: 4

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