Hotel investors weigh up Lancashire mill site

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A luxury hotel and spa has been proposed as part of the £34 million renovation of Brierfield Mill in Lancashire.

The proposed complex, covering 380,000 square feet, will include a new marina, business units and leisure facilities with the 78-bed hotel and spa planned to be the ‘jewel in the crown’.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson told the Lancashire Telegraph that private sector investors had been lined up for ‘almost every part of the scheme’.

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Council leader, Joe Cooney, added that the hotelier of ‘a well-known, upmarket’ chain had already expressed interest in the site.

Termed the Northlight scheme – due to the simple but stylish architectural heritage key feature of northern weaving mills and a prominent trait at Brierfield Mill – the multi-million pound scheme is the biggest single development project planned for Pendle.

Awaiting a final decision on funding, Mr Stephenson said he and Pendle Council were ‘confident’ that they could impress Cities Minister Greg Clark enough to secure a public grant to go alongside the private backing.

The mill, a Grade II listed building which was formerly home to Smith and Nephew, was earmarked for an international Muslim girls’ college until a Birmingham charity was told the plans were not within its remit.

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