120 new homes planned for Briercliffe?

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PART of Briercliffe could be transformed with up to 120 new homes and the ambitious £2m. refurbishment of an historic hall.

Developers have earmarked land at Bend Hill, behind Queen Street Mill, Harle Syke, for a mixture of homes and the profits will help fund the internal and external restoration of nearby Extwistle Hall.

The site would have a mixture of two, three and four-bedroomed town houses and semi-detached homes.

Extwistle Hall, built in the 16th Century, has been on English Heritage’s “At Risk” register for a number of years and has been derelict for 25 years.

The scheme is being put together by Crawshawbooth and Blackburn-based ATC Construction and Design.

Owner Mr John Schofield said they were working closely with English Heritage and Burnley Council to draw up the plans before an application is submitted.

Mr Schofield said he was “very excited” about the proposed development.

“The refurbishment of Extwistle Hall would cost around £2.4m. English Heritage and the council have asked us to look at a few different options and we will explore these before we put the planning application in,” he said.

Historian Coun. Roger Frost said he would like to see the hall restored but said residents could be concerned about an increase in traffic through Granville Street to gain access to the proposed housing development.

“The company owns quite a lot of land on Bend Hill Farm and access to the farm is through Harle Syke,” he said.

“I think the site is around 10 acres. I know when applications have been made in the past for that part of the parish, there has been a lot of opposition in Harle Syke.

“To get to Bend Hill you have to use Granville Street and Queen Street. In the past Briercliffe Parish Council has agreed with residents. It could affect existing residents’ access and parking rights.”

The current owners of Extwistle Hall are thought to be based in the Isle of Man and also own land on Bend Hill.