LAND where a long-delayed housing development never came to fruition is back on the market.

The old Moorgate Mill site, which overlooks the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Moorgate Street in Mill Hill, Blackburn,  is up for sale for £395,000.

Planning permission had been granted for 18 new homes to be built on the site, but that has now expired.

Part of the site has been vacant since the old mill, where Tranmer Textiles were based, closed in 2008 before being knocked down.

As part of a previous planning application, two blocks with 20 apartments for the learning disabled and vulnerable have been built, and opened in 2014.

But the new homes never went ahead and now the remaining land is for sale through Darwen-based property firm Hunters.

The £3.5 million project is a scheme of 20 apartments designed to help their residents live independently.

It was the first such purpose-built development in the borough designed in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Inclusion Housing, Lifeways and HB Villages.

The development is fitted with cutting-edge adaptive technology alongside on-site support workers so tenants benefit from state-of-the-art care solutions.

A Hunters spokesman said: “We are extremely excited to bring to the market this exclusive plot of land.

“With expired previously granted planning permission for 18 modern styled homes, the land has an estimated gross development value of £2,520,000 on the previous plans.

“The land is situated to the back of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal providing a picturesque backdrop to the development.

“An access road has already been laid along with a private entrance.

“Positioned on a popular site in Mill Hill Blackburn there is strong interest for the proposed style of property with ever growing demand for new build developments.

“Offers will be conditional on buyers obtaining planning permission.”