Padiham residents say ‘no’ to huge industrial estate plan

Shuttleworth Mead Business Park.'Photo Ben Parsons
Shuttleworth Mead Business Park.'Photo Ben Parsons
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Residents are campaigning to halt future plans for a huge new industrial estate on farmland in Padiham.

The embryonic proposals show 71 acres of green fields could be turned into industrial land under Burnley Council’s emerging local plan which is considering options for future development across the borough.

But neighbours have launched an “act now, say no” campaign to make their voices heard before the consultation ends on Monday.

Campaigners say swathes of greenbelt land along Blackburn Road and Eaves Barn Farm would be lost if expansion plans were given the go-ahead in future.

Residents, who have now set up a website, claim there is insufficient need for the new industrial estates with priority development sites in the borough like Burnley Bridge, the Michelin site and the Knowledge Park.

David Fort, who lives in Blackburn Road, said: “It would have a massive impact on the local area. It is all green fields and farmland at the moment but it would come right up to the houses on Blackburn Road.

“It would be right on our doorstep. The land is semi-rural and there is lots of wildlife like deer and foxes. The Greenway goes right through it too.

“There would be noise pollution problems, traffic would get worse and it would impact on property prices.

“It is only a proposal at the moment. But it could be sooner rather than later. Does the area not already have enough industrial estates?”

A spokesman for Burnley Council said: “We are looking for industrial land in the borough to create jobs, bring in new businesses and boost the local economy.

“We are looking at the options – but they are just options. This is why we are carrying out the consultation so we can get people’s views both for and against all kinds of developments including industry and housing.”

The consultation on the Burnley Council’s emerging local plans to get people’s views will finish at 5pm on Monday. The campaign website can be viewed at