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04 Mar

Spinning Point Phase 1: Bus Station Planning Permission

Rossendale Borough Council has granted planning permission for the regeneration of a dilapidated and neglected site within Rawtenstall town centre for the first phase of the Spinning Point development.  It is a mixed use development comprising a new eight-bay bus station and retail/café units, with car parking and landscaping.  It also includes the refurbishment of the former Town Hall for offices and the demolition of buildings within a conservation area. 

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NJL acted on behalf of the RTB Partnership as planning agent for the proposal, co-ordinating the preparation of technical documents to support the planning application and preparing a Planning and Regeneration Statement.  NJL submitted the application and drove it through the planning application process.  This included reviewing draft planning conditions prepared by the Council to ensure they minimised onus on the developer and to assist with quicker delivery of the development. The scheme will be delivered by Barnfield Construction.

The site is locally prominent and historically sensitive, therefore a specific planning strategy was applied.  This involved extensive pre-application consultation with stakeholders, the Council, the public and statutory bodies. 

The site is in a conservation area which includes a number of listed buildings and involves the demolition of part of the former town hall, a non-designated heritage asset within the conservation area.  A robust heritage strategy was enacted including pre-application consultation with Historic England, extensive public consultation and the submission of a detailed suite of heritage documents with the planning application.  The strategy meant that Historic England did not object to the development and the Council felt the public benefits outweighed any potential harm to heritage assets.  

NJL is delighted to have secured this important planning permission that is the first phase of the Spinning Point development which will act as a catalyst for further regeneration in Rawtenstall. 

Gareth Smith Development Director at the RTB Partnership and Barnfield said “The granting of this important planning permission is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team. NJL managed the process along with Day Architectural and the outcome will now allow us to deliver the first phase of this highly important regeneration scheme that is both regionally significant and economically advantageous to the Rossendale area. This brings forward a much needed new transport interchange coupled with new office space and retail units.”


  • Angela Graham Bat Consultancy Services Limited who prepared the Bat Survey, Survey Report and Method Statement
  • Betts Hydro who prepared the Flood Risk Assessment and Road Safety Audit
  • Capita who prepared the Phase 1 Transport Assessment and Phase 1 Geo-Environmental Desk Study
  • DAY Architectural who prepared the drawings and Design and Access Statement
  • Purcell who prepared the Conservation Area Appraisal & Impact Assessment and Town Hall Heritage & Impact Assessment
  • RS Acoustics who prepared the Noise Assessment
  • Urban Green who prepared the Arboricultural Report Arboricultural Impact Assessment and Arboricultural Method Statement
  • Wardell Armstrong who prepared the Air Quality Assessment


Banner Image sourced from Proposed Site Plan drawing prepared by DAY Archiectural

Bus image sourced from Pimllco Badger via flickr

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