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Paul Wilkinson
Friday, July 22, 2011 07:53

A derelict textile mill in Sutton-in-Craven has been redeveloped as part of a £8 million partnership scheme providing 65 high quality, affordable homes for local people.

The homes at Greenroyd Mill were officially opened by Eric Whatmough, a local Yorkshire Housing tenant and former manager at the old textile Mill and Councillor Andy Quinn, Chair of Craven District Council on Wednesday, 20 July.

The conversion of the 150 year old mill will provide:

· 19, two bed and one bed, sheltered flats for the over 55s, these will be occupied by Yorkshire Housing tenants formally living at Yeadon House.

· 20, two bed, general needs homes that will be available for sub market rent and shared ownership managed by Yorkshire Housing.

· 26 general needs homes managed by Jephson Housing Association, 12 two, three and four bedroom maisonettes plus 14 two-bedroom apartments.

Mr Whatmough, worked at the textile Mill in 1972 as a Production Controller and left in 1980, shortly before the mill closed. Reflecting on the transformation of the mill, Mr Whatmough said: “I think the transformation of the mill has been a miraculous job and it’s a fantastic achievement to have turned it in to such beautiful homes.”

The development partnership have also contributed towards new playground equipment for Sutton Park, two pedestrian crossings, a public footway and installed heated bat boxes to support the existing bat population in the area.

Ged Walsh, Business and Development Director at Yorkshire Housing, commented: “Homes in beautiful rural areas such as Sutton in Craven are in high demand, pushing house prices well above the national average. Many local families and young people have been priced out of the market and forced to move away, so being able to provide affordable homes for local people is vital.”

Work on the site originally began by a private developer, but the project stalled three years ago due to the economic downturn. Developer Barnfield Construction and two housing associations, Yorkshire Housing and Jephson Homes received investment support from the Homes and Communities Agency of £3,855,500 which enabled the development to complete.

Abdul A Ravat, Project Manager for the Homes and Communities Agency said: “I am really pleased with what has been achieved at Greenroyd Mill. Our investment of £3,855,500 has not only provided 65 much needed local homes, but also has ensured that a derelict building has been given a second life.”

The four storey development retains the exisiting structure of the mill and many of the mills original features have been sympathetically incorperated into the design by local architects Bowman Riley of Skipton.

Councillor Andy Quinn, Chairman Craven District Council, commented: “The dilapidated mill has been brought back to life as affordable housing for families and young people in Sutton in Craven who under normal circumstances would not be able to afford to remain living in the area.

“It demonstrates the commitment of the Council to work closely with its partners to enable the provision of housing for those in greatest need. I am confident that the new development will go some way to sustain an already vibrant community of Sutton.”

Greenroyd Mill has been developed in partnership between:

· Craven District Council
· Yorkshire Housing
· Jephson Homes Housing Association
· The Homes and Communities Agency
· Barnfield Construction
· Bowman Riley Architects
· E C Harris

Graham Smith
Glusburn (ex Suttoner)
Friday, July 22, 2011 08:38
Lets see if they end up being purchased by young local people trying to get on the housing ladder or by DSS claimants.
Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Friday, July 22, 2011 11:56
Well I reckon this is good news that one of Sutton's historical icons has been preserved. Greenroyd Mill or Hartley's Mill as I always called it was an integral part of the local economy, providing jobs and stability for many Sutton residents from the mid-1800s onwards.

We lost the owners stately home in 1940 (Sutton Hall), so I for one am very pleased that this building did not suffer the same fate as Bairstow's Mill – namely, it ain’t there no more!
Liz Kildunne
Saturday, July 23, 2011 07:29
Exactly what should be done with old mills - convert them, save our greenfields. There are dozens of brownfield sites in West Yorkshire - upgrade and convert them, improve the cities, PROTECT OUR COUNTRYSIDE!
David Laycock
Monday, July 25, 2011 11:38
Hi all.
Interesting that the subject of convertions of old mills and factories has been mentioned. Here in Melbourne many have been converted, one of which is a company called Foy and Gibson which I would have thought would have originated in Yorkshire??? It was as big a factory as many in UK.
Denis Marshall Pickles
Monday, July 25, 2011 13:03
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the consortium responsible for the re-development of Hartley's Mill could make a substantial contribution towards the purchase of Lumb Clough? There is still just time for them to benefit the village in another way.
Ian Park
Sunday, July 31, 2011 06:23
I am glad to see that hartleys mill as been converted in to living accomadation for young familys and not just holiday homes for people that are not intrested in the village way of life or the local community.
I was born in this village and my mother( mary park) worked there for many years and was shop steward. i only worked there for about 5 years, but it was the centre of the village life along with bairstows mill has well.
Nice to see eric is still active i know he has suffered with ill health lately, it's better converting old mills in to something usefull than letting them go to rack and ruinen, i agree with my friend andrew that the mill was not knocked down and kept for all to see.
Ian Park
Saturday, August 6, 2011 07:20
I am glad to see that the development partnership have helped the local community with the new climbing equipment in the park and the bat boxes but what public footpath have they contributed to.
I understand that land has been made available from the former rupali curry house up to the county border sign on sutton lane, has i walk on there every day to work i see no sign of any work been done because it is needed with all the traffic that use's the lane in the early morning.
I wonder if any body has heard if this project is going to happen in the near future.

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