Sappi Paper Mill

Blackburn mill earmarked for residential

HOW Planning has submitted an outline planning application on behalf of Blackburn Waterside Regeneration for a residential-led mixed-use development on the site of the former Sappi Paper Mill in Feniscowles.

The paper mill on the 118-acre site closed in 2008 and has been left vacant ever since. The plans propose 450 homes on the plot alongside employment space.

The development would be known as Stanworth Waters.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has said that the site can be developed as a mixed-use scheme in its emerging site allocations and development management policies document, and has allocated the site as for residential and employment uses.

Dan Chant, planner at HOW, said: “The economic, social and environmental benefits of this development, coupled with the lack of any significant adverse impacts, means that the proposal constitutes a sustainable development. It is one which will contribute to local housing supply, create employment opportunities and will have a positive effect on Feniscowles and the wider area.”

Blackburn Waterside Regeneration is a subsidiary of Black Pearl Capital Partners, which bought the Sappi Mill site in 2012.

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