The transformation of Burnley’s Finsley Gate Mill has taken a step forward.
Planning permission has been given for an extension on the canalside mill to be demolished and replaced with 18 townhouses aimed at young families. The original mill buildings and landmark chimney will be saved and restored for future commercial use – possibly a restaurant.
Regeneration specialist St Modwen is behind the scheme which also includes a new public space linking to a footbridge over the Leeds Liverpool canal, providing a potential viewing platform and opening up the waterside to the public.
Work is due to start in the New Year on the development which is within the Weavers’ Triangle and will complement regeneration work being undertaken further along the canal, now known as On The Banks.
St Modwen’s already has planning consent for 149 homes in the Finsley Gate area and the new permission will also allow this development to proceed. It is expected to create 250 new jobs.
Steven Knowles, Development Director at St Modwen, said: “The planning consent is an important step forward for Burnley and will bring in new job opportunities and investment into the town. The scheme will bring forward new homes to Burnley and will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider area.”
Mike Cook, Burnley Council’s Director of Economic Regeneration, said: “Canalside redevelopment is one of the council’s key regeneration priorities and vital to the town’s future.
“The planning approval for St Modwen’s proposals is an important step toward transforming this area of the canal.
“The plans for the former Finsley Gate Mill will transform this area of the canal and complement the On The Banks development also underway within the Weavers’ Triangle. The area is coming alive again and with the planned new homes, offices, restaurants and leisure and educational facilities it is set to become a vibrant area of the town.”