Lancashire planning apps this week including Five Guys and Blackpool Tower

In Lancashire, local authority planning departments deal with new applications every week.

Applications are usually only submitted after a period of initial discussions with the agent and range from small extensions and alterations to historic buildings to major developments and demolitions. These will then be decided privately by individual officers or, if it has a bigger impact, by planning committees in public meetings.

This week has again seen a series of applications submitted across Lancashire and includes plans for the county’s first Five Guys restaurant, a seven-storey building in Blackpool and various new businesses. Here is a selection of these.

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Blackburn with Darwen

The owners of Hoddlesden have applied for permission to change four windows in the historic building. They want to upgrade to a more environmentally friendly option, but need Blackburn’s permission with Darwen Borough Council due to the building’s heritage significance.

Elsewhere, Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited wants to replace the existing mast at Birches Farm in Turton. This will allow for future upgrades, including the provision of 5G technology.


In Blackpool, Coastway Developments Ltd wants to build an apartment block of up to seven storeys. The plan would involve the demolition of existing hotels along New South Promenade and create a total of 51 apartments with 51 parking spaces.

At 43 Talbot Road, Mr Rashid wants to create two floors of self-contained apartments in a building that is currently vacant.


Michelle Green, owner of the Cosmetic Aesthetic Training Academy, wants to convert the old Bentley Wood Farm in Hapton into new premises for her business. The pub has stood empty for more than two years and could be brought back into use as Ms Green expands the business significantly. It would be able to hold four training courses at the same time instead of the current limit of one, conduct assessments and employ apprentices from the local college.


New plans have been revealed for the Cuerden site which was once intended for a large Ikea store. IKEA has pulled out of a plan that would have seen it open its first store in Lancashire and now housing is on offer for the land.

Submitting further plans for the site, property developer Brookhouse Group Limited described new vehicular access “designed to serve residential development”. Plans include new access from Old School Lane with realignment and alterations at the junction of Old School Lane and Lostock Lane

At Little Knowley Farm, Blackburn Brow, Chorley, a framing application has been submitted ahead of a potential development of around 200 houses. If successful, a full planning application may follow.


In Billington, a farm owner requests permission to use part of his land as a campground. An application to Ribble Valley Borough Council seeks permission for a seasonal campsite for tents and campervans, portable toilets/showers, pot washing shed and installation of a cess tank at Hacking Hall Farm, Elker Lane.


Crook O’Lune Caravan Park has applied for permission to use more of its land for holiday accommodation. He wants permission for another 19 static caravans on the site.


In a major development, Elliot House in Pendle could once again be used as an all-purpose hun. The old council building has been purchased by LightBeam Academy who want to use it as a base for a religious education academy, community cafe, space for spiritual activities and indoor sports.


American burger chain Five Guys has confirmed plans to open a new restaurant in Preston. It will open its first Lancashire location at the former Frankie and Benny site at Deepdale Retail Park.


A former bakery in Bacup could soon have a new use as a taxi reservation centre. Plans submitted to Rossendale Borough Council would see Manning’s old bakery on Union converted to the new use. If approved, the building will not be open to the public as only telephone reservations will be accepted.

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