Failure to develop a former prominent Accrington building has resulted in the owner being fined in court.

Failure to develop the former Barnes Furniture store led to property developer, Sharaz Manzur of Brookfield Way, Earby, being found guilty of failure to comply with a section 215 notice, requiring him to carry out works to the property on Church Street, Accrington.

Mr Manzur has planning permission to turn the building into flats, but the Council took him to court after he failed to progress in satisfying the planning conditions and issued a notice requiring him to carry out repairs. Repairs included replacing damaged rendering, replacing windows and repairing the roof. Mr Manzur failed to carry out the repairs and was found guilty in court and order to pay £569 pounds.

Council Leader, Councillor Miles Parkinson, said; “This former Barnes Furniture Store is a prominent building in Accrington and we have given the owner many chances to improve it, but when he failed to do so the Council had no choice but to take legal action. The building is part of the bigger Cannon Corner which has recently undergone some development which has seen new business opening up in the nearby shops and so we will continue to do our utmost to get the owner to bring this property up to standard.”

Mr Manzur now faces further fines of £100 pounds per day for every day the work required remains incomplete.

Barnes Store