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Countryside Partnerships is working with Together Housing on the scheme. Credit: via SECNewgate

Ground broken for 73 homes at fire-ravaged Burnley mill site

Together Housing is behind the project which will be carried out along with Countryside Partnerships, part of Vistry Group, and Identity Consult.

This will see the development of homes built on land formerly home to Lodge Mill.

The site on Barden Lane has been named Weaver’s Lodge as a nod to the area’s history and heritage, scheduled to be completed in 2025.

Built in the 1860’s, the original building was used as a cotton spinning mill but was destroyed and rebuilt due to a fire decades later.

Now the vacant land serving as a reminder of the industrial history in the area will become a community featuring a variety of properties.

The homes built on the site will be bordered by the Leeds Liverpool Canal which looks towards the villages of Higham and Fence.

Properties will feature four one-bedroom homes, 29 two-bed properties, 34 three-bed units, and six four-bed homes.

Work is now well underway to deliver the project which is set to be complete next year and is part funded by Homes England.

Together Housing’s collaboration with Countryside Partnerships comes as the third project delivered by the two organisations within the last 18 months.

Alongside the 73 homes set for Burnley, a further 180 homes are being built in Darwen and 33 shared ownership homes are being built in Sunny Bower, Blackburn.

Ian Clark, executive director for business improvement at Together Housing said: “It’s a privilege to be able to deliver this development on a site with such unique history.

“The mix of high-quality homes for both affordable rent and shared ownership will broaden the opportunities for people in the area and work to reduce inequalities many currently face on the property market.

“We’re excited to be breaking ground on another project with Countryside Partnerships and Identity Consult to strengthen our collaborative goals in providing quality homes that last.

“Weaver’s Lodge is a project we’re proud of and one we’re eager to see come to life.”

The project team includes Enzygo, Urban Green, AES Sustainability Consultants, ID Geoenvironmental, LK Group, and Shape Consulting Engineers.

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Work starts on the Barden Lane development in Burnley. Credit: via Together Housing

Cllr Lubna Khan, Burnley’s executive member for housing and development control said: “I’m happy to see this new development of affordable homes on this former mill site and brownfield land.

“It’s important that our borough offers a wide range of housing to suit every kind of need to help attract more people to the area.

“The fact that these homes are next to the canal and the site looks out over countryside towards Pendle Hill will make it very attractive for those wanting to find a new home or start out on the property ladder.”

Gemma Hardy, managing director of Vistry Merseyside and Cheshire West, added: “As one of the UK’s largest providers of mixed-tenure, affordable homes, we’re always keen to work with partners like Together Housing to get more of the right type of homes built where they’re needed the most.

“Weaver’s Lodge will provide a range of affordable homes to buy and rent for local people, whilst transforming what was previously unused land into a popular new development.”

Simon Lomiiko, director of Identity Consult said: “We are all aware that rising house prices are locking many first-time buyers, and people on low incomes out of the housing market – often forcing people to move away from their roots.

“At Barden Lane, we’ll be working with our long-term partners Together Housing and Countryside Partnerships to bring a formerly unused site back to life by building highly sustainable, two and three-bedroom homes for affordable rent and shared ownership which will help individuals, couples, and young families stay in the area they grew up in.”

Want to learn more about the plans? Search for application number REM/2023/0169 on Burnley Council’s planning portal.


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