Sappi Paper Mill
HOW Planning submitted an outline planning application on behalf of Blackburn Waterside Regeneration Ltd for a new residential-led mixed use development in Feniscowles near Blackburn.
The development aims to transform the former Sappi Paper Mill site on Preston Old Road, which has been vacant for several years, with high quality residential and employment space.
The development will have a positive visual and economic impact on the surrounding area through the replacement of vacant, underused and derelict buildings and hardstanding which have no reasonable prospect of being brought back into beneficial use.
Blackburn with Darwen Council acknowledged that the site can be developed as a mixed use scheme in the emerging Site Allocations and Development Management Policies document and allocated the site as providing residential and employment uses on site.
The economic, social and environmental benefits, coupled with the lack of any significant adverse impacts, means that the proposal constitutes a sustainable development; one which will contribute to local housing supply, create employment opportunities and will have a positive effect on Fensicowles and the wider area.