Huge Development Plans for Former East Lancashire Paper Mill

Huge Development Plans for Former East Lancashire Paper Mill

Plans to build 400 new homes on the site of huge former paper mill include moving a cricket club to new ground nearby. More details have been published by Bury council about the massive development at the East Lancashire Paper Mill site in Radcliffe.

The new application from Morris Homes show how the plans have evolved since outline permission for the scheme was granted in 2018. The River Irwell forms part of the site’s southern boundary.

The site has previously suffered from flooding, in particular, on Boxing Day in 2015, when out of control water flows destroyed a nearby footbridge over the river. However, a flood risk and drainage assessment has been subject to consultation and interrogation by The Environment Agency.

The assessment identifies parts of the site which suffered flooding in the past from Hutchinson’s Goit and the River Irwell. It explains how the site can be remodelled to cater for the flooding by creating a functional floodplain while the development platform has a minimum floor level outside the new floodplain.

The plans show a section of the new development will consist of three-storey homes with open space in front of them overlooking the River Irwell. There are two existing accesses into the site from Cross Lane, at Cock Clod Street and Croft Lane, with potential for further access points at Church Street East.

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