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Plans unveiled for controversial Burnley homes site
CONTROVERSIAL plans to redevelop a former mill in Burnley have now been unveiled by housing developers Calico.
The proposed £6million overhaul for the former Primrose Mill site, off Harrison Street, Briercliffe, has united villagers in protest.
Just days after speculation emerged about the 60-home complex, a ‘Say No To Calico’ banner was found draped over the building.
An action committee was formed shortly afterwards to oppose the development, which would also feature 30 ‘affordable’ homes to rent and 16 similar properties for over-55s.
Currently riding on a planning committee decision is a £1.1million grant offer for the works from the Homes and Community Agency.
Anthony Duerden, Calico's customer services director, said: “Outline planning permission for the former mill site was originally granted in 2008.
“Having listened to residents’ concerns, we have investigated issues around traffic, design, and school provision.
“As with our previous developments, we have started a consultation to develop a local lettings plan which would ensure that applicants from the nearby area are prioritised for accommodation if the scheme goes ahead.
“We believe there is significant demand for affordable housing in the area.”
More than 100 people have signed an online petition opposing the move and a poster campaign has been backed by a number of households in Briercliffe and Harle Syke.
The Rev Graham Sawyer, of St James’s Church, who sits on the action committee, said previously: “It seems that the almost universal feeling among parishioners is that new homes are not wanted and that the proposal by Calico constitutes over-development of the area and a strain on the existing inadequate infrastructure.”
If the scheme secures planning approval then contractors Ring Stones could be on site as early as November to start work.
Planning permission was originally secured on the land by beds firm Sweet Dreams, which moved its operation to Colne Road.
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