Homes and leisure hub for derelict mill ‘the start of big things for Batley’

Homes and leisure hub for derelict mill ‘the start of big things for Batley’

PLANNING officials have given the go-ahead for the latest phase of the redevelopment of Blakeridge Mill in Batley.

Some of the buildings will be transformed into new apartments, a gym and a swimming pool.

Binks Developments Ltd submitted the plans after budget supermarket Netto pulled out of a scheme that would have created 44 jobs.

The latest plans were approved at a meeting of Kirklees Council’s Strategic Planning Committee.

JT & J Taylor’s textile mill on the 10-acre site employed 2,000 people in its heyday. Built in 1863, it was extended in 1913.

Andrew Marsden, chairman of the Batley Business Association, said: “Blakeridge Mill is an amazing complex.

“It is bringing people into the town, which can only be a good thing from a trade point of view as it’s helping to regenerate the high street and grow local businesses.

“The developers have taken what was at the end of the day a derelict eyesore and turned it into an amazing development that is benefiting Batley.”

Batley West councillor Shabir Pandor added: “The complex had been empty for many years and I am sure everybody in Batley will say they wanted it completely regenerated.

“It is really positive that the developer Richard Binks is doing this and doing something that will create housing, help to regenerate the town centre and bring in footfall.”

Work on the new leisure facilities was expected to begin this week.

Around 90 tradesmen will be employed for this latest phase, which will take around a year to complete.

Mr Binks said: “We were delighted to receive the support of Tracy Brabin MP and the officers and members of the planning committee, who unanimously voted to support this application.

“We are so proud to have saved the iconic buildings where 700 people will live and spend money in Batley.

“This is the start of big things for Batley.”

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