TODAY’S opening of a show home at new housing estate heralds the final transformation of a town’s eyesore a council leader has declared.

Oak Mill in Colne was demolished in 2013 and the site became derelict until PEARL, the joint venture company of Pendle Council and developers Barnfield Construction, stepped in to buy it.

After the investment of £3.5million, it has become Langroyd Place, a cul-de-sac development of 32 two and three bedroom family homes including six bungalows on Skipton Road.

Cllr Mohammed Iqbal. leader of Pendle Council, said: “The transformation of the derelict Oak Mill site is almost complete and we’re opening a show home for the attractive new housing development.

“The old mill site had been an eyesore for years at a key gateway in and out of Colne and local councillors worked hard to give the area a new lease of life.

“Langroyd Place perfect for families to put down roots.

"We’ve also built six bungalows which are popular with older people.

Barnfield’s managing director Tim Webber said: “It’s in a prime position between Colne town centre and some of Lancashire’s most beautiful countryside.

“We have breathed new life into the former Oak Mill site with a scheme which will enhance the area and provide great places to live.

“We’ve had unprecedented interest with over 350 enquiries.

“These will be great homes and we urge people to see the show home.”

Several properties have already been sold with the first residents moving in this month.

The show home opens on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.