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Houses could go up on two old Leek work sites

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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TWO former market town employment sites could be turned into to residential areas.

A planning application has been tabled to demolish the former Belle View Dye Works in Leek and construct four semi-detached houses.

Plans have also been submitted to build four dwellings on the site of Unit four, Limes Mill, in Novi Lane, Leek.

A design and access statement submitted by Hewitt & Carr Architects on behalf of the Belle View applicant Mr D Barlow said the outline plan sought approval for demolition of an existing inhabitable factory premises, and the re-development of a brownfield site.

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The statement said: "The applicant originally purchased the site as part of The Jester public house.

"During the period time spent running and expanding the growing business, an application was submitted to convert part of the building into further hotel accommodation. This, however, did not take place.

"The existing buildings were occupied and used as a commercial businesses from 1998 to 2008.

"Due to the general deterioration of the building fabric and a series of break-ins the tenant decided to re-locate.

"In November 2008, the landowner appointed Louis Taylor Estate Agents to advertise the premises for sale or to let.

"However, to the present time there has been virtually no interest in the premises. A full marketing exercise has been carried out, which can be demonstrated as having taken place."

In February 2013 planners at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council refused permission for four homes to be built the Limes Mill site in Novi Lane as it would result in the loss of an existing employment site at a time when there was a shortfall in the supply of such premises.

Planners further stated that the loss would be harmful to the economic well-being of the area.

Now a marketing report has concluded that there is no interest in the use of the site for employment purposes.

The report by Charles Ball of Leek estate agent Bury & Hilton said: "Very few enquiries have been generated from a quite intensive marketing campaign which has ben carried out over the last 11 months, and none of these has resulted in any firm interest being shown in the land.

"The availability of the land for a commercial useage has not generated any firm interest whatsoever

"There was only very limited demand for this type of commercial land even before the recession took effect five or six years ago.

"We would not accordingly anticipate that any continuing marketing will have any significant prospect of finding a suitable purchaser of the land."

A decision is expect on both applications within the next eight weeks.

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