Historic Tewksbury mill site could be used for flats
PART of the vacant Healing's Mill site could be brought back into use – as flats.
People in Tewkesbury have been eagerly awaiting news of the historic Quay Street site ever since the flour mill closed in November 2006.
Now owner, the St Francis Group, says it hopes to convert the buildings on the town side of the site into residential accommodation.
Spokesman Peter Burford said: "There are two buildings on the town side – an old brewery and a former post office. A local architect is preparing a scheme to turn them into residential use.
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"I would hope the plans would be submitted to the borough council within two to three months." He said his group was keen to crack on with the development of the former mill, particularly as vandal attacks had given it a rather run-down look.
"We don't want the buildings falling into more disarray. Some people seem to take pleasure in putting the windows in," he said.
He added that, at this stage, he was unsure how many homes would be proposed for the development but he thought it would be no more than 24.
Residents and civic chiefs in the town eager to see the main part of the old mill brought back into use may have to wait quite a lot longer yet.
Mr Burford said nothing was likely to happen to that part of the site, on the other side of the river from that earmarked for homes, for some time.
His group, he said, was in no rush because it wanted to make sure that any conversion plans drawn up were sustainable.
He said: "Everyone has got to buy into it. We will let the markets speak and see what viable uses come forward."
The group will have to make sure its plans are approved by not only the borough council but the Environment Agency as well because of the flood-prone nature of the riverside site.
The St Francis Group is based in Warwickshire and helps prepare sites across the country for re-development.
It bought the 19th century mill building, and three other sites spread over 4.97 acres around Quay Street, last year from ADM Milling.