Plans have been submitted for a new taxi office in part of a town earmarked for a proposed café culture area.
Mr Aahid Gafoor has applied to Rossendale council for planning permission for the material change of use, and the renovation of the residential unit associated with the property, at 17 Union Street, Bacup. The section of the street forms part of The Bacup 2040 Vision and Masterplan.
The council’s economic development team has opposed the application on the grounds of the proposed location rather than the business itself. In its statutory response, the department said: “The proposed change of use does not align with proposed plans for the area. A taxi business would be more suitably located on the fringes of the town centre, more closely located near to the taxi rank at Irwell Terrace/South Street.”
In its response, Rossendale Civic Trust said: “Whilst appreciating the need to bring properties in Union Street back into use, this application needs to be put into context with both the adjoining buildings and the Conservation Area as a whole. This facade of Union Street must not be treated as an out of the way back alley.
“It is one of those hidden spaces in Bacup which make it so fascinating to explore and discover attractive details which should be cherished.”
Eight public objections centre around traffic and parking concerns, with one respondent complaining of an “over saturation of taxis”.
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