Student flats plan for Arkwright Mill

Industry: Inside Arkwright Mill in Gordon Street in its heyday
Industry: Inside Arkwright Mill in Gordon Street in its heyday
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A disused historic mill looks set for a new lease of life as student flats.

Arkwright Mill in Gordon Street, Preston, has been empty since 2009 and was last used as a joiner’s workshop.

Planning permission was granted previously to demolish the mill and build student accomodation on the site.

But permission has since lapsed – and now plans have been submitted to Preston Council to convert the building into nine student apartments.

The plan, creating 29 bedrooms, has been recommended for approval.

A report says: “Overall this scheme will provide additional student accommodation in line with neighbouring developments and bring back to use an existing redundant and derelict building and provide a much-needed use in a highly sustainable location.

“The applicant proposes to introduce a new high-class living option for the student population of Preston with finish and facilities to match.”

The report says the application – by Mr M Wilson via agent Mr A Panchal of Walton -le-Dale – has already received backing in principle via the previous application.

It is said to be in line with all current policies and will “enhance the surrounding area”.

Arkwright Mill is named after Sir Richard Arkwright, who invented the water frame that enabled powered multi-spindled cotton spinning and revolutionised the industry.

Arkwright was born in Preston and trained as a barber and wig maker.

In 1769 he rented a room at the house of the headmaster of Preston Grammar School which is now preserved as Arkwright House in Preston city centre.