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A historic mill in Delph will be partially demolished as plans go ahead for 60 new homes. The proposal for Bailey Mill on Delph New Road was delayed after it had to be referred to the secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Committees but has now received the greenlight.
The Grade II listed mill is in a ‘derelict’ state and has already been partly demolished for safety reasons after it was ravaged by a fire in 2016 in a suspected case of arson.
Plans submitted by Gledhill’s & Sons Ltd will see much of the remaining structure flattened. But its ‘iconic’ chimney will be retained and two of the original buildings will be restored and converted into apartments.
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The remaining brownfield site will be transformed into terraced family homes with one, two, three or four bedrooms.
A planning statement said Gledhill’s sought to “redevelop the site following the extensive fire damage in 2016 as a sustainably located residential development.”
It said: “Following the fire, the options for redevelopment were undertaken and residential conversion was the only realistic and viable option.
“This planning application comes forward following positive informal pre-application discussions with the Council. These discussions established that the priority for the site was the restoration of the listed buildings’ which are in a state of disrepair and to secure a long-term viable use.
“To enable the restoration, the Council have accepted that some selected demolitions of existing structures is likely given their condition and that new housing can be provided onsite.”
Despite the council’s encouragement, the planning process has been fraught with
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