A landmark building in the heart of Cliviger which has been dubbed an eyesore by residents for many years could be given a new lease of life.
Plans have been submitted to Burnley Borough Council to transform The Holme in Burnley Road into 10 apartments. The proposals by Rossendale-based Berkshire Homes Ltd, who bought the building at auction last year for £151,000, also include 20 car parking spaces. Plans include the restoration of the outside of the Grade two listed building, chimney stacks and a new roof.
The Holme has a long and chequered history with residents complaining it had become a blot on the landscape. Since the fire The Holme has been targeted by vandals and fly-tippers.
The building was a house until the mid-1970s when applications were made to use it as a private club and then an old people’s home. More recently, in 2003, there was a fire at The Holme which destroyed most of the building interior and roof. The applicant said: “The previous use as a residential care home failed for financial reasons and currently profitability of this type of use is low. It is therefore not considered financially viable to introduce an operation of this type into a refurbished building.
“Commercial uses, such as offices, are not considered suitable, in that more appropriate purpose built accommodation, is available within the Burnley area. Rents would fail to provide sufficient return on capital expenditure.
“Use, as the proposals, for apartments presents an alternative, which may provide sufficient financial return to allow the fabric of the building to be restored.”