Approval granted for Heritage Arcade luxury apartments scheme

Plans for the Heritage Arcade

Hurstwood Holdings, the Manchester-based property firm, has been granted unanimous planning permission to redevelop the Heritage Arcade in Rossendale to provide 42 luxury two-bed apartments with dedicated car parking and landscaped private gardens.

Designed by the Baldwin Design Consultancy, the plans will see the vacant building restored to its former grandeur while sensitively retaining many of its unique Art Deco features including the prominent façade.

Stantec acted on behalf of Hurstwood as its planning advisor.

Situated on Bacup Road in Rawtenstall, the Heritage Arcade was originally The Picture House cinema in 1920 before being converted to a shopping arcade in the 1990s but has remained vacant for a number of years.

Sam Ashworth, project director at Hurstwood Holdings, said: “We are delighted to have finally achieved planning for this important building after more than three years of close consultation with Historic England and support from Rossendale Borough Council.

“The Heritage Arcade is a significant part of Rossendale’s local history and we are really pleased that we are able to bring this important building back to life.”

He added: “As a company, we have grown significantly over the last few years with a commercial and residential portfolio spanning across England, Scotland and Wales and together with our other Rossendale scheme, Newchurch Meadows – a luxury development of 30 new homes – we are pleased to be back developing in the region.”

Hurstwood Holdings is a commercial investment group with more than £170m of commercial assets on 120 sites nationwide housing in excess of 750 occupier clients.