Funding boost for Perseverance Mill

Perseverance Mill in Padiham. Photo Ben Parsons
Perseverance Mill in Padiham. Photo Ben Parsons

Padiham eyesore Perseverance Mill is to receive a £250,000 funding boost as redevelopment work finally looks set to go ahead.

Burnley Council’s Executive is set to approve the grant which would lead to a planning application for 58 homes to be built on the site being submitted next month.

The site, which has been derelict for more than a decade, was once branded “the worst eyesore in the borough” and has proved a nightmare for neighbours in recent years – being plagued by fly-tippers, firebugs and vandals.

However, the council working with the Calico Group and the Homes and Communities Agency believes this housing scheme, which could potentially start in March, will transform the area.

Coun. John Harbour, Executive member for housing and environment, said: “I and my fellow ward councillors are extremely pleased with the work that Calico has undertaken to get the project to this stage.

“We recognise the importance of the role played by the Homes and Communities Agency whose support for the regeneration of this site has been essential.

“The council will play its part in transforming this area, which for too long now has blighted the lives of nearby residents. Now work can start to bring life back to this part of Padiham.”

Anthony Duerden, the Calico Group’s chief executive, said: “We are grateful for the support of the council to help us make this much needed £6.3 million investment in the area.

“Delivering high quality, affordable housing for local residents, as well as creating new jobs in the process, is a key priority for us. We are now looking forward to starting work on this much needed development.”