Nelson prepares to bid for £50m town centre funding

Pendle Borough Council is set to pitch for up to £50m of funding to help transform Nelson town centre.

Nelson was chosen as one of 100 places in England eligible for the government's Town Deal funding, which could raise as much a £25m. A further £25m is available through the Future High Streets, of which Nelson is one of 50 towns invited to make a bid.

This week, Pendle Council agreed on a Nelson Town Deal Board to oversee the development of the Town Investment Plan and the Nelson Masterplan.

The new board will include representatives from local businesses, the community, Pendle Council, Lancashire County Council, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, local voluntary organisations, Pendle’s MP and young people.

A dynamic new Masterplan for Nelson will be drafted in early 2020 and completed by the summer, with another public consultation event being planned for the end of February.

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council, said: "I’m confident that 2020 will be a turning point for Nelson. This is a once in a generation opportunity with the potential to create a strong impact across the whole of Pendle.

I’m confident that 2020 will be a turning point for Nelson.

“The Nelson Masterplan will be the blueprint for the future direction of the town over the next ten years and the positive effects will be felt far beyond this,” explained Councillor Iqbal.

“The Board will ensure that the multi-million bids for the town dovetail for a brighter future for Pendle."

A wide range of organisations with a stake in the area will also be consulted on plans for Nelson including the Pendle Leisure Trust, voluntary sector organisations, the Police, Jobcentre Plus and providers of affordable housing such as Together Housing.

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