New role for antique mill at West Vale

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A MAJOR redevelopment plan has been announced for Victoria Mills, in Stainland Road, Greetland.

The Andy Thornton Antiques Company wants to open three shops and possibly a cafe/wine bar on the ground floor and demolish the mainly single storey roadside buildings.

The antiques business which employs 170 people, including 16 at the mill, would be confined to the rear and upper floors with a ground floor reception area, according to plans submitted to Calderdale Council.

The planning application indicates that the company now requires less space and it has talked to experts about how the huge building might be used to ensure it remains viable.

It was felt unlikely a new tenant would want to occupy the whole of the surplus space.

The Low Mill and house at the front require major repairs and demolishing them will provide access, car parking space and open up views of the mill frontage from the road.

“There are to be planting areas with a new terrace for the food and beverage unit, together with paved areas to provide access,” according to architects Rone Design. “This will enhance the area and the main mill will once again be a prominent spectacular building.”