Blackburn’s Issa brothers set to complete Burnley Business Park


Councilors have been recommended to grant planning for three Titanium Park industrial/warehouse units near Junction 9 of the M65.

Monte Blackburn Ltd, owned by EG Group founders Mohsin and Zuber Issa, bought the nine-acre site in October 2021 for millions of pounds.

In December they submitted a detailed planning application for the Magnesium Way project, Hapton.

The site already has planning permission from 2016 for industrial use as the final phase of the Burnley Bridge Business Park.

Monte promised that the development will create new jobs if it continues.

Burnley Council’s Development Control Committee was recommended to approve the scheme with 15 conditions despite nine objections.

They focus on noise and disturbance; traffic congestion and pollution and over-development of the site.

An officer’s report to Thursday’s committee meeting said: ‘The bid site forms the northern part of the Burnley Bridge business park, which was originally granted permission in 2010.

“With the exception of the application site, the business park is now fully developed, with the main occupants of the site being Exertis, Birchalls and Fagan and Whalley.

“The application site covers nine acres of former industrial land, now scrubland with some hard ground.

“The larger site was historically a magnesium plant.

“The proposed units will comprise a total of 9,923 square meters, including limited ancillary office space.

“Post-submission changes have been made to the project layout and landscaping in response to consultation comments received. It is considered that the amendments are sufficient to satisfy all the points that have been raised.

“Noise from uses may affect certain residential properties near the site.

The conditions attached to the framework authorization require the implementation of a scheme for insulating the units against the transmission of noise and vibrations; and a scheme of measures to protect residential occupants from noise associated with the proposed industrial/commercial premises.

“Overall, taking into account the above, it is considered that, with the relevant conditions in place, the proposal would not result in an unacceptable adverse impact on the amenities of neighboring residential occupants.”

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