Across many urban areas of Northern England, the relics of our industrial past can be seen – large textile mills, many of which are disused and derelict. In the right hands and with a little imagination, these properties can be turned into exciting spaces for business start-ups, retail outlets, art studios and conference facilities.
Inspire Planning Solutions Ltd have been working on a feasibility study to turn one large disused mill into an art and exhibition space. One stumbling block to the proposed development was the planning policy for such buildings set by the Local Council. They saw the possibility of the mill still being used under the umbrella of protected employment.
Inspire Planning Solutions provided technical reports that demonstrated any protected employment policies that were in place are now no longer valid for these types of buildings and it was time to open up the building for further uses. The number of jobs that would be created and the support the development would offer to the Council’s economic development strategy were also highlighted and will pave the way for an exciting new use!