‘Pioneer Place’ retail centre is one step closer

Pioneer Place development Burnley Town Centre

We’ve already got a fantastic choice of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops in and around the town centre. But pretty soon our selection is about to get a whole lot better!

A new planning application has now been submitted at the £21 million Pioneer Place scheme in Burnley town centre. The project will deliver 120 new jobs, 180 construction jobs and £1.35m GVA to the local economy.

Excitingly, the application includes plans for a seven-screen cinema and five leisure and retail units. This could include some of our favourite well-know chain brands. Who knows: gone could be the days of travelling all the way to Blackburn for a Nandos.

Located on the former Pioneer Co-op site on Curzon Street, the scheme will provide a new day and night-time leisure destination with a quality food and beverage offer and a new state of the art cinema. This brilliant development will complement Burnley’s stance as a growing university town.

Speaking about the new application, Nik Puttnam, Senior Development Manager at Maple Grove Developments commented: “It has been a challenging 12 months for the project, but working in partnership with Burnley Council, it is really exciting that we now have a fundable and deliverable scheme and, subject to securing planning consent in the early Spring, we hope to start works on site in late Summer 2021, with the development scheduled to open in Spring 2023.”

Council leader Councillor Mark Townsend said: “This is another step forward in helping to secure Burnley’s future as a thriving centre with an attractive shopping offer during the day, and a vibrant night-time economy.

“It’s about planning for a better future and part of wider work to prepare the way for business recovery post Covid-19.

“Having a multi-screen cinema in the town centre, along with new restaurants, will help draw in more visitors which will give a wider boost to other nearby shops and businesses. It fits in well with our ambitions to see Burnley become a university town with the expansion of UCLan and Burnley College.”

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