Scheme for 32 homes on old mill site ‘welcomed’

Liberal councillors welcome the news at the site (from l-r) Tony Greaves, Glennda Clegg, David Clegg, David Whipp and Graham Roach (s)

Liberal councillors welcome the news at the site (from l-r) Tony Greaves, Glennda Clegg, David Clegg, David Whipp and Graham Roach (s)

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Proposals for a new housing scheme on an overgrown and derelict former mill site in Skipton Road in Colne have been welcomed by Liberals.

The Pendle Council-promoted plan, through its joint venture company PEARL, is for 32 houses and bungalows in three rows on the former Oak Mill site between Skipton Road and Varley Street.

A sketch of the proposed scheme at Oak Mill (s)

A sketch of the proposed scheme at Oak Mill (s)

The plan submitted is made up of 11 two bedroom houses and 21 three bedroom properties which are all to be built for sale.

Coun. Dorothy Lord said that the application, which has just been registered with Pendle Council, came after a long and determined campaign led by local councillors who are delighted to see things progressing on the eyesore site.

Coun. Lord said: “This is a real milestone. We have been working for this ever since the owners pulled down the old mill, which itself was in a derelict and dangerous condition.

“Then they left the land itself in a dreadful mess and the council had to take action to get it properly cleared and levelled.”

Pendle Council Executive member, Coun. David Whipp, said: “It’s one of the main brownfield housing sites in Pendle, and such sites are at present just not profitable for commercial companies to develop.

“By using PEARL and backing it with some money from Pendle Council’s own brownfield development fund we can make it work.

“The tragedy is that central government will not help us to do this in spite of everything they say.”

Deputy council leader, Coun. Tony Greaves, said: “This is a planning application and Colne councillors will need to look at the details and consider carefully any comments and objections in the usual way.

“But the principle of housing on this site is very welcome – it’s empty land which we want to see developed for the good of everyone in the town.

“The submission of this planning application is a major step forward. It looks like an attractive scheme and we would like to thank all the staff at Pendle Council and Barnfield Investments who have got us this far, not least by working for the land sale agreement with the landowner.”