Burnley moves step closer to Knowledge Park

MEN OF KNOWLEDGE: Left to Right Alistair Sunderland of Austin Smith Lord, David Baldwin of Glovers, Chris Standish of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and Adam Lockett, Burnley Council, join Coun. Roger Frost at the proposed site of the Knowledge Park (S)
MEN OF KNOWLEDGE: Left to Right Alistair Sunderland of Austin Smith Lord, David Baldwin of Glovers, Chris Standish of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and Adam Lockett, Burnley Council, join Coun. Roger Frost at the proposed site of the Knowledge Park (S)

Burnley’s ambitious Knowledge Park project has moved a step closer to going ahead.

Burnley Council had been struggling to trace ownership for three pieces of land at the site in and around Princess Way.

The council’s Executive Committee though has now agreed a proposed compulsory purchase order for these outstanding areas and work on the park, which will transform that part of town into a hub of education, business and advanced manufacturing, should now begin this year.

Coun. Roger Frost, Executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “One of Burnley’s big success stories over the last few years has been attracting the University of Central Lancashire to set up its campus here, and the investment in further education through Burnley College. These are both high-performing and popular places for learning and career development.

“These proposals continue the job of linking up this good news story to our ongoing work to bring high value jobs and employment into town.”

The Knowledge Park, which will be located next to Burnley College and the university campus, is part of wider proposals to transform the Princess Way area into the Knowledge Quarter, a centre of excellence for education and a flagship site for advanced manufacturing, digital and creative industries.