Wesley Street Mill plans submitted
Redevelopment of the disused Wesley Street Mill in Bamber Bridge has taken another step forward after plans were submitted to South Ribble Borough Council.
Two separate planning applications, both seeking outline permission for residential development on the site, have been submitted on behalf of the mill owner. Both applications also seek approval in principle for demolition of the derelict mill and three industrial units on the site.
One of the applications proposes an access road from Wesley Street, while the other scheme features an alternative access on to Station Road, close to Cuerden Church School. The council is now carrying out a consultation giving people an opportunity to comment on the plans and letters have been sent out notifying neighbours and other parties who could be directly affected.
The statutory 21-day consultation period for planning applications is being extended to take account of the Christmas and New Year holidays, and comments can be made up until 18 January 2013. Details of the planning applications can be viewed on the council's website or by visiting the council's offices at the Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland, PR25 1DH.
South Ribble Borough Council is leading a project to encourage all parties to work together so the separate sites around Wesley Street Mill can be developed in a co-ordinated way. The council recently acquired the former Mackenzie Arms pub site, in Station Road, which is the key to unlocking the potential of the area, and is set to be demolished early in the New Year.
South Ribble Borough Council's cabinet member with responsibility for strategic planning and housing, Councillor Cliff Hughes, said: "I welcome the submission of plans for the mill site. This is the latest stage in the process and means we are another step closer to making the redevelopment a reality. Unlocking the potential of the mill and neighbouring sites is one of the council's priorities, as it would provide a huge boost for Bamber Bridge and the local economy.
"Clearly we now need to take a close look at the proposals, and we're also eager to hear from as many people as possible to get their views. Because the plans were submitted just before Christmas, we felt it was only right and fair to extend the standard consultation period to give everyone as much time as possible to consider the plans."
Wesley Street Mill is a 100-year-old building that is the former home of Bamber Bridge Spinning and Weaving Company.
Last updated: 19 March 2013