Bid to demolish part of old Burnley mill

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PART of a historic mill at a gateway into Burnley town centre could be demolished to make way for homes and shops.

Developer St Mowden has submitted fresh plans to knock down most of Finsley Gate Mill, on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, in Finsley Gate.

The Birmingham-based firm was granted outline planning permission for a £20million mixed-use development, including 168 homes, offices, ind-ustrial space, a hotel, and leisure and community hubs, in May 2011.

At the time, St Mowden said it expected the scheme to create around 300 jobs.

But the former mill has remained derelict for the past two years.

The developer has now submitted a revised scheme which will retain the older ‘and more significant portion’ of the mill for leisure, or commerc-cial uses, together with the mill chimney.

St Mowden bought Finsley Gate Mill, which dates back to 1820, and Healey Royd Mill, from shoe-maker Lambert Howarth in 2005.

It has since demolished the latter.

In a planning statement, the developer said: “Drawing on expert advice, St Modwen has now drawn the conclusion that there is no realistic prospect of securing investment for the conversion of the Finsley Gate Mill in the medium term.

“And that its continued presence blights prospects for development of both the Healey Royd and Mile Wharf site on the opposite side of the canal, thus hampering wider regeneration objectives.

“The only realistic means of securing regeneration of both sites depends on demolishing the main section of the Finsley Gate Mill, so as to facilitate canalside residential development and env- ironmental enhancement,” added the planning ststement.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, which has been at the forefront of the Weavers’ Triangle redevelopment, has previously been opposed to the demolition of the Finsley Gate Mill.

The fresh planning application by the developer is expected to go before Burnley borough councillors in the new year.

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11:52am Fri 13 Dec 13

junesnews says...

Instead of knocking it down WHY not re-develop the Mill into flats!! and why do we need any more shops ? when there are so many empty shops already!! its ridiculous that yet another part of the towns heritage is going to be taken away!!
Instead of knocking it down WHY not re-develop the Mill into flats!! and why do we need any more shops ? when there are so many empty shops already!! its ridiculous that yet another part of the towns heritage is going to be taken away!! junesnews

12:42pm Fri 13 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

Re-generating commercial properties into future use as commercial properties allows generous tax reliefs to be claimed. Thats why theres shops included. they don't actually care if anyone ever rents them.
Re-generating commercial properties into future use as commercial properties allows generous tax reliefs to be claimed. Thats why theres shops included. they don't actually care if anyone ever rents them. It's a spade!

12:46pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Champagne plus charlie says...

It seems some people would prefer the building to remain as a derelict eyesore because it is 'Part of our heritage'.

Balls to heritage, knock it down and build something useful in its place.
It seems some people would prefer the building to remain as a derelict eyesore because it is 'Part of our heritage'. Balls to heritage, knock it down and build something useful in its place. Champagne plus charlie

4:30pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Biggy12 says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
It seems some people would prefer the building to remain as a derelict eyesore because it is 'Part of our heritage'.

Balls to heritage, knock it down and build something useful in its place.
I've a keen interest in the history of these period buildings. Our industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and sometimes through simple neglect. I document these sort of buildings through text and photographs before they disappear entirely an their lost for good.You may not be interested in heritage,but there's more than a few that are
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: It seems some people would prefer the building to remain as a derelict eyesore because it is 'Part of our heritage'. Balls to heritage, knock it down and build something useful in its place.[/p][/quote]I've a keen interest in the history of these period buildings. Our industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and sometimes through simple neglect. I document these sort of buildings through text and photographs before they disappear entirely an their lost for good.You may not be interested in heritage,but there's more than a few that are Biggy12

8:11pm Fri 13 Dec 13

fireonthemountain says...

A comment from a mate of mine .

May I make clear that this is not my comment .

I am just repeating what he said .

"Leave it as it is , it could house at least a thousand romas
after Jan 1" .
A comment from a mate of mine . May I make clear that this is not my comment . I am just repeating what he said . "Leave it as it is , it could house at least a thousand romas after Jan 1" . fireonthemountain

9:15pm Fri 13 Dec 13

claretandbluetoo says...

fireonthemountain wrote:
A comment from a mate of mine .

May I make clear that this is not my comment .

I am just repeating what he said .

"Leave it as it is , it could house at least a thousand romas
after Jan 1" .
Just so you know, this is not me, this is what a mate of mine said after reading your post:

"fireonthemountain you are a racist_ignorant_C_U_
N_T just sayin' "
[quote][p][bold]fireonthemountain[/bold] wrote: A comment from a mate of mine . May I make clear that this is not my comment . I am just repeating what he said . "Leave it as it is , it could house at least a thousand romas after Jan 1" .[/p][/quote]Just so you know, this is not me, this is what a mate of mine said after reading your post: "fireonthemountain you are a racist_ignorant_C_U_ N_T just sayin' " claretandbluetoo

10:07pm Fri 13 Dec 13

FRICKER1 says...

So much Heritage there / it should not always be about new homes whilst so many properties are Empty/ something is wrong here/ Just hope the correct decision is taken / the Wharf Area in particular is so crucial to Burnleys history/ once lost there is NTB
So much Heritage there / it should not always be about new homes whilst so many properties are Empty/ something is wrong here/ Just hope the correct decision is taken / the Wharf Area in particular is so crucial to Burnleys history/ once lost there is NTB FRICKER1

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