Hotels and homes plan for historic rural mill

Major plans: An artist's impression of the redeveloped site in Chipping
Major plans: An artist's impression of the redeveloped site in Chipping
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Plans have been submitted to build an estate of 60 houses, two hotels, a new cricket pavilion and a trailhead centre on a former mill site in rural Lancashire.

How Planning has submitted a hybrid planning application for Kirk Mills in Chipping on behalf of SCPi Bowland, for a major new hotel, leisure and residential development on the site.

It would see the complete refurbishment of the Grade II listed Kirk Mill, which has been closed since 2010.

The development would see the redundant industrial buildings turned into a new 18-bedroom hotel, restaurant and leisure facility with an additional outline application for a new residential scheme for 60 houses.

Also sought will be permissions for a 20-bed hotel plus spa and wedding venue, kids club, seven holiday cottages and a new cricket pavilion.

HOW Planning say they have been working on the application for a number of months with plans also including the provision of a trailhead centre and associated car parking.

Richard Barton, HOW Planning associate, said: “The applications represent a major opportunity for both our client and the local community.

“The proposed development will transform a significant historic building which has remained empty for a number of years, whilst also bringing new investment and long term benefits to the village of Chipping.”