Tesco and Liberty Properties want to build a new Tesco store on L&P Springs site, in Ravenscroft Way, off Skipton Road. A group of residents, spearheaded by the Friends of the Earth and Barnoldswick and West Craven Chamber of Trade, launched a campaign against the proposal. "TIC – Town, Independents, Community" seeks to raise awareness about Barnoldswick as a vibrant unique town.
At the end of October Tesco's appeal against refusal of planning permission was dismissed. Planning inspector Philip Asquith stated that: "Given the important current role of the Co-op as an anchor for the town centre and my views on the likely cumulative effects of two large-format stores on it and consequent reduction in footfall, on balance, I consider there to be a strong probability of a substantial impact on the vitality and viability".
November 2011 - campaigners delivered 5000 leaflets to homes in Barnoldswick to raise awareness of the campaign .
January 2012 - more than 600 comments and letters received by Pendle Council. Please see an article in Pendle Today, 17th January 2012.
February 2012 - Asda bosses have met Barnoldswick town councillors to discuss their proposed plans to build on the Old Gas Works in Skipton Road, just yards away from the site earmarked by Tesco. This new proposal is understood to be for a 13,000 square foot store that would see the rundown old gas works finally tidied up after years of complaints.
March 2012 - planning officers recommend approval.
19th March - more than 200 residents and local traders attended a special meeting for members of West Craven committee to consider the application. Members deferred a decision for 6 weeks so the application could be considered at the same time as an application from Aldi. For further information please see an article in Pendle Today, 26th March 2012.
Please see an article in the Craven Herald, 25th May 2012.
August 2012 -special meeting of Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee where Councillors unanimously approved an outline application for a 3,500 sq. m. industrial unit, a 3,348 sq. m. food store and a 233-space car park on Albert Hartley’s Crownest Mill site off Skipton Road. Planning officers had recommended it to be refused on grounds of cumulative size with two other applications for supermarkets down for approval.
Instead, both applications from Pendle Projects Ltd to demolish on a conservation area and then to build a 1,472 sq. m. Aldi and 70-space on the Skipton Road Business Park were refused despite a recommendation for approval.
An application for a 3,344 sq. m. Tesco was also refused, against recommendations for approval, on the grounds the then cumulative size of the store along with the approved application at the Albert Hartley site would be too much for the town.
An appeal for a previous Tesco application submitted in November started 2nd October. Please see an article in the Craven Herald, 5th October 2012.