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The wonderful secret contained within this seemingly everyday convenience store

The wonderful secret contained within this seemingly everyday convenience store

At first glance it’s an everyday convenience store on a busy village road. But behind the nondescript façade, it contains a wonderful secret – spectacular views of the West Pennine moors and beyond.

The owners of the long established J&S Convenience Store on New Street, Blackrod, are hoping to more than double the space of their shop and the living quarters above by extending into the next door house, according to a recent planning application.

The rear of the tiny shop boasts spectacular views of Rivington and the West Pennine moors

In documents published by Bolton Council in support of the planning application, the owners say the current retail floorspace, at just 51 sq metres, is ‘too cramped’ and there is ‘barely enough space for customers to walk around’. But it’s in the plans for the upstairs living areas to be turned into a three-bed flat that the delightful secret of the premises is revealed.

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The planning documents show images of the spectacular, panoramic views that can be enjoyed from the upstairs rear of the properties. The sweeping view contains Rivington Pike, Winter Hill and much of the West Pennine moors, along with parts of the Smithills estate and the Douglas river valley in the foreground.

A balcony forms part of the plans and the application states: “The rear benefits from spectacular views so a balcony is proposed.

“The balcony would not overlook any gardens and the closest property to the rear does not have any principal windows facing this property.”

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  • June 25, 2023