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134 home plan for former Nelson mill
A GATEWAY site into Nelson, promising 134 new homes, is expected to be the centre of a multi-million pound property deal.
New owners are being sought for the sprawling former Reedyford Mill complex, sandwiched between Scotland Road and the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
Owners, Leeds-based Eshton, say they have already received strong interest in the 19th Century site, which is undergoing demolition works.
Originally developers wanted to construct 156 properties on the land but eventually Nelson area committee agreed that the slightly smaller number, spread across two, three and four bedrooms, was more acceptable.
Property consultant Mike Dove said: “This is a viable development with huge potential - the site occupies a prominent gateway position to the north-west of Nelson town centre.
“These homes are substantially larger than the traditional two-up, two-down houses in Nelson and will satisfy the pent-up demand for family homes with gardens and car parking spaces.”
Would-be developers are being told that two access roads will be offered into the site, one from Scotland Road, close to junction 13, and the other off Pendle Street, near Morrison’s.
Coun Mohammed Iqbal, who represents Bradley ward, has previously said that any development on the site, where some of the buildings date back to the 1880s, would rejuvenate the area.
Under a legal agreement, any developer must contribute £30,000 towards the creation of a pedestrian and cycle link between the towpath and footpath, north of Scotland Road, and another £6,000 must be put forward for a travel plan.
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