A MAJOR revamp of Burnley’s Charter Walk shopping centre is set to dramatically alter the retail landscape of the town centre.
Charter Walk’s new owners are planning to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds into the Market Square area which would see a host of new modern retail units created.
A planning application by Addington Capital is expected to be submitted to Burnley Borough Council by the end of the month.
The work will involve the removal of the existing outside first floor walkways and staircases to create double-height units ranging in size.
The square itself will also be redeveloped to improve landscaping and the existing cafe building will be removed and replaced with a new glazed cafe pod structure.
Alex Wagstaff, partner at Addington Capital, said: “Charter Walk attracts over nine million customers a year and has a great mix of retailers, however certain existing units are too small for the modern day retailer and we aim to create the space required to satisfy current retailer demand.
“Our proposals also include a full refurbishment of the Market Square area to bring the centre in line with modern expectations. We plan to submit a planning application in due course with the intention of undertaking the work next year to deliver the new units in time for Christmas 2012.”
Burnley Council leader Coun. Charlie Briggs said he welcomed any town centre investment and believes these plans go hand-in-hand with the ones for the Curzon Street shopping centre development.
“Anything that is done to make Burnley better I will always back 100%,” he said. “This can only be a good thing for the shops and the people who visit the town centre.”
Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “It’s obviously extremely good news for the town. It’s privately run and it’s more private business that the town is getting, which we seem to be getting a lot of lately.
“It’s something that will improve the town centre footfall which will in turn help the shops around the centre. It’s fantastic to see, especially when you hear about other shopping centres where shops are having to be boarded up.”