A FORMER manor house is set to be turned into a nursery for up to 100 children after plans were given the green light.
Councillors voted in favour of Coal Clough House becoming a day care centre, at the borough’s development control committee meeting.
Under the proposals the disused 17th Century building will be re-opened as a private nursery with after-school and holiday clubs.
Two extensions will be built on the locally listed building, which is situated off Coal Clough Lane.
However, objections to the plans were expressed at the Burnley Borough Council meeting.
Gail Barton, of Taywood Nursery in Accrington Road, said: “Coal Clough House would make a lovely nursery but South-West Burnley has no demand or need for another nursery.
“The number of children is falling. There are childminders whose livelihoods will be affected in the area.”
She said that three nurseries in the area had already “folded” and cited job losses and high levels of unemployment as a big factor.
Alan Kinder, of Alan Kinder Associates, spoke in favour of the development.
He said: “The application comes with a positive recommendation for the re-use of a fine period building to be used as a private children’s nursery.
“The scheme will bring sustainable and long-term benefits through the use of this fine building and much needed jobs in the locality.”
The proposals were granted planning permission by councillors, however, plans to construct a number of new-build residential properties in the grounds of Coal Clough House were given a set back.
But councillors agreed there was “scope” for such proposals in the future.