Plans for bridge to new Burnley college approved

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Plans for a footbridge linking Burnley’s new University Technical College and Sandygate have moved a step closer

Members of Burnley Council’s Development Control Committee approved the application, along with plans for a new urban square at Sandygate, although concerns were raised over the design of the bridge.

The bridge, which would be built in December, crosses the canal at an angle between UTC’s yard and the square, which has been designed to accommodate arts and cultural events.

English Heritage objected to the proposal saying the design of Sandygate Square was unnecessarily complicated and cluttered while the bridge needed a lighter appearance.

Coun. Tom Porter agreed saying: “It is completely out of character with the area. I just feel it’s a wasted opportunity to do something that could have been well designed.”

Coun. John Fifeld said that English Heritage was “going a little over the top” though and it would be a welcome addition to the area.

Coun. Howard Baker added: “I was fortunate enough to recently visit UTC and it is a beautiful mixture of the modern and the old. I feel the bridge does the exact same thing in connecting the modern with the old.”

The head of planning will use delegated powers to make the final decision following further discussions with English Heritage.