Historic mill homes plan

AN historic mill complex is to undergo a radical transformation after the council approved plans for 41 flats and 17 houses on the site.

Thursday, 28th January 2010, 2:08 pm

A century ago Prospect Mills, in Prospect Road, Cleckheaton, was one of the largest employers in the Spen Valley but it has now been empty for several years.

Under the plans, part of the mill will be demolished and the rest converted into mostly two-bedroom apartments, with 17 new houses across two terraced streets.

The terraces will be split into a row of 11 two-storey houses with roof dormers facing Prospect Street and another row of six houses opposite Carlton Terrace.

Speaking at the Council's Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee last Thursday, architect Mark Pearce said the refurbishment would be done sensitively to maintain the character of the mill.

"Simply by being vacant for a number of years, the mill is totally unsuitable for modern employment purposes. There will be selective demolition for the 17 family homes, all made from natural stone," he said.

"The new properties on Prospect Street will respect the local area."

The meeting heard there were some objections from residents concerned about parking, disturbance and loss of privacy.

However several residents of Prospect Road favoured the plan because the deteriorating condition of the mill had led to vandalism.

Ward councillor Andrew Pinnock said: "This application makes sensitive and good use of a prominent building in the town. It's not a listed building but it's still a nice design and I'm glad it's being respected in this application."

Prospect Mill was originally founded by the Law Brothers – John and Samuel – and was later used by the card manufacturers Critchley, Sharp and Tetlow before the company was acquired by Carclo Engineering Group in 1980.