The Future of Beehive Mills, Bolton
Conditional consent given
Having commissioned surveys into the site’s economic viability we recognise that there is a huge gap in funding to make the conversion financially viable, a situation which is unlikely to reduce significantly in the medium term. We have therefore agreed to a condition on any consent - that the buildings would only ever be demolished if the works to construct the replacement housing were ready to start on site and a contract for their construction signed. The Council has yet to determine the application for listed building consent, but can now do so following the decision of the Secretary of State not to proceed to Public Inquiry.
Challenges and opportunities
This exceptional case illustrates the challenges that we face in managing our industrial heritage in places where market demand and values are low. These mills offer around 500,000 square feet of space and we are happy to discuss any opportunities that might arise for keeping the building.
We know from our research, and from the fantastic examples around the country, that mills can successfully be converted into attractive apartments, let for industrial uses or turned into leisure facilities. We will continue to champion the reuse of our textile mills, which have shaped the special character and landscape of Greater Manchester.
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