Workshop method

Rejected plans to convert the former conservative club into an “artisan confectionery workshop”

Plans to convert a former conservative club into a confectionery workshop producing ‘English artisanal confectionery’ were rejected by the Bury Council.

The proposals, for the ground floor of the former Conservative Club of Salisbury, Badger Street, Bury, indicated that up to ten full-time jobs would be created after a change in use of the social club to candy making .

Plaintiff Asim Farooq has stated that he would like to “make this property our workshop, home-made unit”.

However, the council refused the change in use due to “substandard access and parking arrangements on Peter Street” and “failing to provide adequate accommodation or vehicles to enter and exit the site in forward “.

Club premises are currently vacant

An officer’s report also said the plans “contain insufficient information regarding the treatment, dilution and dispersion of fumes and odors”

A planning statement in support of the plans said: ‘We propose to use this building for the production of classic English artisanal confectionery used for retail sale in our own stores around Lancashire including Bury Market and supply to local distributors.

“Most of the confectionery is made by hand using traditional methods that go back centuries.

“Confectionery is cooked in copper pans over open fires. There are also a few light machines used.

“Another positive aspect of this proposed development is that we intend to create around ten full-time employment opportunities for the local community.

The vacant Salisbury Club, about 150 yards from Bury town center, was once a popular venue and reception hall, but it closed before the Covid-19 closures.