Plans Approved for Transformation of Chipping’s Grade II Listed Mill

HOW Planning has secured planning approval on appeal for private developer, SCPi Bowland’s multi million pound redevelopment of Kirk Mill in the village of Chipping, which lies in the heart of the Ribble Valley.

Ribble Valley Borough Council had initially refused permission for the renovation of the Grade II listed mill, but the inspector acknowledged ‘the significant benefits of bringing an important listed building back into beneficial use” with plans “ensuring its renovation and long term survival.”

Full planning permission has now been granted for the transformation of the derelict buildings into a new 18 bed hotel, bar and restaurant, designed by 5Plus Architects. The scheme will be enhanced with new, complementary buildings providing a further 20 bed hotel, wedding venue, kids club and trail head centre and conversion of an existing barn building into 7 new holiday homes, which together will enhance the setting of the listed mill and conservation area.

Says Richard Barton, Partner at HOW Planning: “Approval for this scheme represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring forward a complete proposal of real benefits in both the short and long term. SCPi Bowland has a proven track record in delivering complex conservation projects and sustainable developments and we are looking forward to seeing the Kirk Mill scheme take shape and become another fantastic addition to their portfolio.”

Planning was submitted as a hybrid application with full planning also granted for the relocation of the existing cricket ground with provision of a new pavilion. Outline planning has also been granted for up to 60 new residential dwellings which will help support the new development.

Says Stephen Chicken of SCPi Bowland: “Kirk Mill has remained empty for a number of years now and our plans aim to breath new life into what is a significant historic building, whilst also bringing new investment and long term benefits to the village of Chipping.”

Kirk Mill is a rare surviving Arkwright-type cotton mill which operated until 1886 when it was bought by HJ Berry chair makers who worked from the mill until its closure 2010.

Image courtesy of 5Plus Architects

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Published: 21/04/2016


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