Property magnate sends plea to Burnley Council over apartments plan

Holme Hall following an arson attack in 2004

Holme Hall following an arson attack in 2004

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A DEVELOPER has appealed to council bosses to ‘let him get on with it’ as he bids to save a Grade Two listed landmark.

Property magnate Brendan Kiely is keen to start work on renovating Holme Hall, in Burnley Road, Cliviger, which has been empty for more than a decade.

The Lytham-based businessman is behind Berkshire Homes, which has already completed housing projects in Woodlands View, Bacup, and Kandel Place, Whitworth.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph that he had already spent £50,000 securing the site in recent weeks, ahead of beginning work on the old manor house, which dates from the 15th century.

He hopes to convert the building into 10 luxury apartments, as part of a £1.5millon investment, in a similar scheme to that given approval by former owners Hurstwood several years ago.

Mr Kiely said: “What we need to do is save this building, which is part of the British culture tradition. The more talking we are doing, the less time we are spending on getting started on this. If we want to restore this site to its former glory, we need to take action.

“We have two companies which have been taken under by this building already. I have spent £50,000 already on making it safe and putting up scaffolding, showing my commitment to the building.”

Mr Kiely hopes that if he can revive the apartments planning application promptly, then he could ‘flood’ the site with workmen and work towards making real progress on completing the conversion before September.

He said he had already encountered problems with thefts and vandalism at the remote site, off Burnley Road.

Berkshire Homes is registered in Lytham but Mr Kiely has courted controversy in East Lancashire before.

He was fined £700 by Hyndburn magistrates last year as the letting agent for a home in Spring Street, which deputy council leader Coun Claire Pritchard dubbed ‘horrible’.

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4:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

rudis_dad says...

Well perhaps if he'd put a planning application in, and apply for consent to alter a listed building, he might get somewhere. No applications have been lodged with Burnley Borough Council so what does he expect?
Well perhaps if he'd put a planning application in, and apply for consent to alter a listed building, he might get somewhere. No applications have been lodged with Burnley Borough Council so what does he expect? rudis_dad
  • Score: 12

5:17pm Mon 13 Jan 14

It's a spade! says...

I can also make it clear that in no way was this property responsible for Hurstwood's probems.

I think you'll find it was the other multi million pound commercial deals and substantial bank borrowings.

If he is that bothered and so committed why doesn't he pay for security?

It is just another get rich quick scheme and attempting to avoid the same rules that apply to everyone else.

As alread stated, put in a planning app and follow the process!
I can also make it clear that in no way was this property responsible for Hurstwood's probems. I think you'll find it was the other multi million pound commercial deals and substantial bank borrowings. If he is that bothered and so committed why doesn't he pay for security? It is just another get rich quick scheme and attempting to avoid the same rules that apply to everyone else. As alread stated, put in a planning app and follow the process! It's a spade!
  • Score: 11

9:25pm Mon 13 Jan 14

turbo5 says...

Search the name on the internet and how many companies they had and gone bust, also on landlords from hell.
Search the name on the internet and how many companies they had and gone bust, also on landlords from hell. turbo5
  • Score: 9

8:53am Tue 14 Jan 14

DaveBurnley says...

turbo5 wrote:
Search the name on the internet and how many companies they had and gone bust, also on landlords from hell.
Following your advice I Googled Brendan Kiely and landlords from hell. It makes interesting reading!

I assume that by asking the council to ‘let him get on with it’ he wants carte blanche to do whatever he likes with the building. Thank goodness there are still some rules to prevent this.

It would have been much better if the Friends of the Holme had been helped to buy it and renovate it in keeping with the original fabric. But once again we see the power of money.
[quote][p][bold]turbo5[/bold] wrote: Search the name on the internet and how many companies they had and gone bust, also on landlords from hell.[/p][/quote]Following your advice I Googled Brendan Kiely and landlords from hell. It makes interesting reading! I assume that by asking the council to ‘let him get on with it’ he wants carte blanche to do whatever he likes with the building. Thank goodness there are still some rules to prevent this. It would have been much better if the Friends of the Holme had been helped to buy it and renovate it in keeping with the original fabric. But once again we see the power of money. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 4

9:15am Tue 14 Jan 14

midas says...

How many times has this businessman been in Court for failing to manage his properties? Perhaps the LET could do a Freedom of Information request to all the Lancashire Councils to find out how many times he has been warned or prosecuted.
How many times has this businessman been in Court for failing to manage his properties? Perhaps the LET could do a Freedom of Information request to all the Lancashire Councils to find out how many times he has been warned or prosecuted. midas
  • Score: 4

7:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ilovemumanddad says...

£50000 on security please don't make me laugh lying already
£50000 on security please don't make me laugh lying already ilovemumanddad
  • Score: 1

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