New dawn for historic mill?

A DERELICT building in the heart of New Mills looks set to get a new lease of life after councillors approved a wide-ranging planning application.

Torr Vale Mill, which is currently on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register, has been empty and derelict for several years.

But at a meeting of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee on Monday, councillors approved a planning application for:

• the change of use of part of the building to a restaurant and drinking establishment

• the change of use of another part of the building for assembly and leisure

• the change of use of some of the ground floor of the building for two retail units.

The permission was conditional on the satisfactory response from experts about whether bats were present at the Grade II* listed site.

Councillors heard that both internal and external works would be minimal.

Cllr Alan Barrow said: “As a New Mills councillor I really do welcome this proposal. This mill has been slowly falling into the Sett.”

Cllr Tim Norton added: “This is an historic mill site and wants bringing back to use. I think this is a great move forward and think we should wholeheartedly as a council support this application.”

And Cllr John Faulkner commented: “I welcome this planning application but I don’t think we should get carried away by it.

“The fact the applicants aren’t here suggests something and the fact there is no bat survey also rather supports that view.

“I just have my doubts about whether this will come to fruition. I hope it does, I hope I’m proved wrong.”