PLans to transform a Lancashire mill into homes have been given the go ahead.
The proposals will see the former Ainscough Mill in Mill Lane, Burscough converted into 56 apartments and 66 new homes built
Part of the mill will be demolished and the remainder converted into 50 apartments.
And the chimney house of the mill will be transformed into two apartments and four apartments in the mansion house.
There will also be provision of public open space and car parking.
The plans were given the go ahead at a meeting of West Lancashire Council.
A report that went before the meeting stated: “Previous schemes on this site have not been forthcoming due to the shift in the housing market and general economic atmosphere. Unfortunately, the subsequent lack of use, maintenance and deterioration of the listed buildings has become an ever increasing concern to both the site owners and the Council.
As with the previous enabling schemes, the submitted scheme provides a best practicable solution within the general bounds of current planning policy to provide an opportunity to achieve a sustainable end use of the listed buildings and secure their future repair and upkeep without significant harm to other planning interests.
The 66 houses will be a combination of 11 different house types, including detached and semi-detached
And the apartments will be built over six floors, with internal and external alterations required.
The plans were given the go ahead despite objections from locals. The council received four letters of objection about issues including: Additional volume of traffic; overshadowing, the design not in keeping with the surrounding 1960s development and the impact on dental and doctors surgeries locally.
A further 39 responses were received and issues highlighted included noise and disruption, the impact of the demolition works and The effect on the canal and local wildlife.
Mark Cook, Managing Director of Persimmon Homes Lancashire said: “We are delighted to have secured planning permission at the former Ainscough Mill in Burscough.
“The iconic chimney will be retained as part of the development which will see the conversion of the mill into 56 apartments and the new build of 66 new homes.
“We hope to be on site very soon with building set to commence around Easter.”
For more information on the development visit www.persimmonhomes.com