Preston mill set to be demolished for flats

The now derelict Manchester Mill in Geoffrey Street,Preston
The now derelict Manchester Mill in Geoffrey Street,Preston
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  • Mill to be flattened to make way for 70 care apartments
  • New £7m facility will be aimed at the over 55s
  • The affordable homes will be a mix of one and two-bedroomed apartments
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A Preston mill will be demolished to make way for flats for the elderly if plans are given the go-ahead.

Manchester Mill in Geoffrey Street, off New Hall Lane, could be flattened to make way for 70 extra care apartments.

This is an exciting scheme that will provide modern, energy-efficient homes in an area where there is high demand for this type of housing.

Developer Mulbury Homes is planning to build the £7m facility, which is aimed at the over 55s, on the site of the disused mill.

The three-storey development will feature a mix of one and two-bedroomed apartments, offering residents the independence of living in their own home, but with the peace of mind and security of having care provision available on site.

The apartments would offer access to a number of communal facilities, including a café, dining room, assisted bathroom and laundry room.

Mulbury Homes is currently in advanced negotiations with a registered housing provider that will own and manage the homes, making them available for affordable rent.

Claire Morris, head of care at Mulbury Homes, said: “This is an exciting scheme that will provide modern, energy-efficient homes in an area where there is high demand for this type of housing.

“It will also support the wider regeneration of this part of Preston where we are already building affordable homes.”

Preston-based planning consultancy PWA Planning has advised Mulbury Homes on the planning application, which is recommended for approval at Preston Council’s planning committee on Monday.

Mulbury Homes is already developing 51 new homes on the adjacent India Mill site where building work has been ongoing since summer last year.

The homes in phase one of the development are due for completion in October 2015 and will be made available for affordable rent and shared ownership by Adactus Housing Association.

Manchester Mill was built in the 1860s as a spinning and weaving mill.