£20m. facelift for Burnley’s mills

Finsley Gate development
Finsley Gate development

A £20m. scheme to redevelop a key derelict site close to Burnley town centre has been given the go-ahead.

New homes, shops, offices and leisure facilities are planned by regeneration specialist St Modwen which has been granted outline planning permission and conservation area consent to redevelop the former Lambert Howarth shoe factory complex in Finsley Gate.

The scheme will regenerate the derelict seven-acre site including Healey Royd and Finsley Gate mills close to the Weavers’ Triangle conservation area, and create up to 168 new homes.

St Modwen expects the scheme to create up to 300 jobs and provide a much more diverse housing stock.

The site, which was formerly occupied by shoemaker Lambert Howarth, includes the two 19th Century mills which have suffered vandalism and professional looting, rendering them too damaged for restoration. In the plans the façade of Finsley Gate Mill will be retained so that it complements the surrounding Weavers’ Triangle conservation area.

Michelle Taylor, regional director at St Modwen, said: “We are delighted to receive planning permission for this site. Healey Royd and Finsley Gate mills have attracted anti-social behaviour and become structurally dangerous, meaning the site is in great need of regeneration. The approved plans will retain the historical heritage of the area, while still creating much-needed, modern housing for future generations. We are very eager to get started on the project.”

St Modwen has worked closely with Burnley Borough Council, English Heritage and The Prince’s Foundation to evolve the scheme.

The Weavers’ Triangle area covers 54 acres and is designated within the Canalside Conservation Area straddling the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.