First phase of £21m Burnley town centre redevelopment given the go-ahead

Vision for new development

Maple Grove Developments, part of the Preston-based Eric Wright Group, has been granted planning consent for the first phase of development at the £21m Pioneer Place scheme in Burnley town centre.

Burnley Council has given the go ahead for a new seven-screen cinema and 12,750 sq ft of leisure and retail floorspace across five units, centred around a new public realm and a refurbished Curzon Street car park.

The scheme is being designed by AEW Architects, with Smith Love acting as planning consultant, and is being supported with grant funding from Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Nik Puttnam, senior development manager at Maple Grove Developments, said: “We are hugely encouraged by the decision to grant planning for this phase of the scheme which will provide a new day and evening leisure offering in the town centre.

“The importance of a vibrant town centre can’t be underestimated as we emerge from the COVID pandemic.

“With planning now secured we are looking to appoint Eric Wright Construction over the next couple of months and start on site this summer and Pioneer Place opening in spring 2023.”

He added: “We have interest in the restaurant units from regional and national operators and from independents, which are attracted to having a presence in this growing university town.”

This public/private partnership with Burnley Council is expected to deliver 120 jobs, 180 construction jobs and £1.35m GVA to the local economy.

Kate Ingram, the council’s strategic head of economy and growth, said: “This is a significant milestone in bringing forward this key project in our Town Centre Masterplan.

“All the project partners have worked hard over the last year to bring forward a scheme that reflects the current market but delivers a well designed town centre cinema and leisure development, with scope for future expansion.”

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