Mill reaps the rewards of new investment

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A historic mill redevelopment in the heart of West Vale is attracting visitors from across the area following a £750,000 overhaul and a host of new leisure tenants.

Victoria Mills has been extensively renovated and now includes two new restaurants and a wine and coffee bar alongside existing business Andy Thornton Ltd that was sold to the management team ten years ago.

So successful are the new ventures, with trading levels way above expectations, that West Vale has quickly been dubbed West Vegas by the locals.

One of the new businesses, Catch Seafood Restaurant, is the latest offering from Lee Roberts, owner of The Fleece in Barkisland and The Milestone in Ripponden.

He said: “We have been looking at Victoria Mills as a potential location for Catch for a while, as we always thought that Greetland had unfulfilled potential. Thanks to its sympathetic conversion, the space retains many of its original features, which creates a wonderful atmosphere for our new restaurant.”

The two-year-long regeneration was undertaken by local developer, Rosemount Estates, with the aim of bringing new business and employment opportunities to the area.

Andy Thornton, from Rosemount Estates, commented: “We obtained planning consent for the scheme in 2012 and are delighted with the final result. It has opened up the whole of West Vale, and enabled us to create space that has proven extremely attractive to tenants. With Andy Thornton Ltd continuing to trade from the upper floors, and new carpet business Long Mill Carpets trading from our adjoining development, this new roster of businesses will help maintain the vibrancy and diversity of West Vale.”

David Heap of Walker Singleton, the letting agent for the scheme, added: “The development is now fully let which shows that there remains strong demand for well-located retail and leisure space. Victoria Mills is already a well-known local landmark and these new occupiers bring further benefit to the area.”