Glebe Street saga: land to be disposed for housing

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The green light is set to be given to build houses on the site of a recently demolished youth and community centre.

Councillors are set to agree to the disposal of land at Glebe Street in Burnley Wood as part of wider regeneration of housing in the area.

The move is the latest in a long-running saga that has been dogged by controversy since Burnley Council decided to close Burnley Wood Youth and Community Centre, which was demolished earlier this month.

Coun. Mark Townsend, Executive member for resources and performance management, said: “This disposal will enable the building of new homes that will bring new families into Burnley Wood and help regenerate the wider community.

“We’ve fully considered the views of some residents who were against this disposal but we have to take a much wider view of what’s best for the whole area to ensure Burnley Wood is a vibrant and sustainable community in the future.”

Burnley Council’s Executive Committee is recommended to agree to the disposal of the site at Glebe Street, Kirkgate and Parkinson Street after taking into account objections.

The new Burnley Wood park was developed to replace the recreation ground on the site. Opponents argued the land was still used as public open space and should be kept for community use.

A report to the Executive, which meets on March 4th, says: “The development facilitated by the disposal of the land will make an important contribution to the future of Burnley Wood. On balance, the need to progress regeneration of the area and provide homes to realise aspirations for developing a sustainable community significantly outweighs the considerations raised in the objections.”

But Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said the fight was still not over.

He added: “The Burnley Liberal Democrats are working to get this decision called in by the Secretary of Stae. This land should be retained for recreational use, something the developers Keepmoat originally agreed to.

“The community centre was demolished three years before Keepmoat needed it. I want to know why. This is not over yet.”