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St Modwen Developments Ltd, the development subsidiary of regeneration specialists St Modwen Properties PLC is seeking planning consent for a £10 million mixed use redevelopment of a seven-acre historic canalside mills complex in Burnley.

The proposal for the 19th century Healey Royd and Finsley Gate Mills is to restore and convert Healey Royd Mill into 52 one- and two-bedroom apartments and Finsley Gate Mill into commercial space.

The land surrounding Healey Royd Mill, on the southern bank of the Leeds/Liverpool canal, will be redeveloped for a mixture of 65 town housesand apartments, along with a row of studio workshops, a village green and new footpath along the canalside. The scheme integrates the existing Hughes Streey terrace into the overall development.

Finsley Gate Mill on the northern bank of the canal is to be converted into a retail factory outlet together with offices, workshops for small enterprises, studios and business suites. There is also potential for a restaurant overlooking the canal which runs between the two mills.

Lambert Howarth, which currently occupies the site, is seeking alternative premises in the Burnley borough but plans to continue to operate its factory shop from Finsley Gate Mill.

Steven Knowles of St Modwen, said: “ St Modwen is looking forward to working in consultation with the local authority and community to drive forward our plans.

“We believe this scheme presents a great opportunity to create an imaginative and attractive living/ working community alongside the Leeds/Liverpool canal in the heart of Burnley.”

* Healey Royd Mill, built in 1854, was used for weaving. Finsley Gate Mill, built in 1820 and extended later in the century, had the same use. They currently form the distribution base for Lambert Howarth which has outgrown the premises and is seeking more modern premises.

For further information contact Steven Knowles (01925 825950). Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771).