Plea for community land, not homes, in Harle Syke

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A Harle Syke resident has called for a controversial homes plan to be scrapped in favour of a community use for the land.

Marie Kinnear is among hundreds of people rallying against the £6m. plans by Calico Homes to build 66 houses on the former Primrose Mill site.

Residents believed that outline planning permission for houses, granted in 2008, had lapsed – but it has emerged that it was renewed in 2011 by Burnley Council’s Development Control Committee.

Mrs Kinnear, of nearby Talbot Street, is urging Burnley Council to reject any development plans for the land on Harrison Street to conserve the area around the world famous Queen Street Mill.

She said: “It is beyond belief that Burnley Council allowed this to happen in the first place. It is a conservation area, the hustle and bustle of everyday life buffered by an iconic building and a beautiful church ‘which brings a sense of repose and quality to this area’ - words quoted from the planning document.

“Queen Street Mill is the only surviving steam powered weaving mill in the world. It is our duty to protect it and the surrounding area for future generations.”

She believes the land should be used as a memorial site to extend the St James’s Church graveyard, install memorial walls for commemorative plaques, bring the cenotaph down from the main road.

She said the bowling green could be relocated and provide better facilities and create artwork that relects the historical significance of the area.