Burnley Council has reiterated its continued support for the proposed multi-million pound Pioneer Place leisure development in the face of the impact of the worldwide Covid pandemic.
At its Full Council meeting last night, the council approved a number of measures to ensure the planned cinema and leisure complex goes ahead. This means that construction on the development will start on site early in the new year.
The project had already secured £3.68 million from the Government’s Getting Building Fund administered through Lancashire LEP and £3 million from Lancashire County Council. However, like all construction projects, challenging inflationary pressures were facing the scheme. Following discussions with all partners to the project, solutions have been found to enable the scheme to still be delivered within the parameters agreed by the council 12 months ago.
As part of this a new partner, boohoo has committed £300,000 to the project.
John Lyttle, CEO of boohoo, said: “The boohoo group is delighted to help support this exciting project in Burnley which will be a fantastic addition to the town.
“We opened our first international distribution centre in Burnley 11 years ago, and are proud to be one of the largest private sector employers in the area and long standing partner of the Burnley community. Our wonderful team has grown to over 2,000 people who will all benefit from this wonderful new leisure area and we look forward to seeing it take shape.”
Council leader Councillor Afrasiab Anwar said: “The council and its development partner Maple Grove Developments have invested a considerable amount of time and resource into bringing the scheme to this stage.
“We are determined to forge forward with this exciting and ambitious project despite a number of challenges facing the construction industry, not just here in Burnley but across the whole world.
“Pioneer Place will bring new visitors to Burnley town centre during the day and evening time, deliver new jobs and support the growth of the UCLan campus. It will help diversify what the town centre has to offer to local residents and visitors alike and help boost the local economy.
“This is a major opportunity to expand and improve Burnley town centre and one that we have to take advantage of, and even the biggest social upheaval since the Second World War won’t stop us doing that.”
“I would like to thank all partners for supporting this project, but I would especially like to thank boohoo, for stepping in at the eleventh hour and investing in the project. This truly demonstrates their commitment to Burnley and they clearly see the importance of the scheme in attracting and retaining employees to the town.”