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Plea over landmark Blackburn mill site
THE new owners of a landmark Blackburn mill due to be demolished by next month have been urged to give full details of their plans for the site.
Work to knock down the Sappi paper mill, in Livesey Branch Road, Feniscowles, to regenerate of the land are now close to completion.
Global asset management and advisory firm Black Pearl Capital Partners (BPCP) acquired the 118-acre site after it closed in 2008.
Lee Demolition Ltd expect that demolition work will be completed by August 15.
In April, BPCP submitted a pre-planning application for 350 houses, and suggested it would be suitable for light industry as well.
Proposals for a renewable power generation facility have previously also been mooted.
Coun Derek Hardman, who represents the local area, said: “We have heard nothing about BPCP’s plans since the pre-planning application in April. Local people want to know what is happening.
“When I checked with the council on Friday there had been no further plans submitted.
“The council cannot approve housing without knowing what the light industry might be.
“We need to see final plans for the site – sooner rather than later.”
A spokeswoman for BPCP said there was no one immediately available to comment on the state of their plans.