Chipping hotel and spa complex gets go-ahead

Kirk Mill in Chipping. The grade II-listed mill near Garstang is set to form the centerpiece of a multimillion-pound hotel, spa and restaurant redevelopment after planning consent was granted at appeal.
Kirk Mill in Chipping. The grade II-listed mill near Garstang is set to form the centerpiece of a multimillion-pound hotel, spa and restaurant redevelopment after planning consent was granted at appeal.
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A grade II-listed mill near Longridge is set to form the centrepiece of a multi-million pound hotel, spa and restaurant redevelopment after planning consent was granted at appeal.

The Kirk Mill project in Chipping will also provide a mix of new housing for the village as well as a relocated village cricket pitch and the club’s new pavillion.

The plans were given the go-ahead by Ribble Valley Council’s planning committee on Friday.

The decision was welcomed by Bolton-based SCP Investments which purchased the mill in 2011.

Director Stephen Chicken said: “This important scheme which will ensure Kirk Mill is preserved whilst bringing investment, jobs, improved sports facilities and a range of housing to Chipping.”

A 60-bed hotel, spa and restaurant will replace grade II listed Kirk Mill in Chipping after planning permission was granted on appeal.

On the former site of furniture maker HJ Berry, it will also provide a mix of new housing for Chipping as well as a relocated village cricket pitch, pavilion and a trailhead centre.

It comes after Ribble Valley Council’s planning committee gave it the go-ahead after initially rejecting the plans.

Bolton-based SCP Investments purchased the mill in 2011 and Director Stephen Chicken said: “We are delighted that in line with the planning officer’s original recommendation for approval we have finally achieved consent on appeal for this important scheme which will ensure Kirk Mill is preserved whilst bringing investment, jobs, improved sports facilities and a range of housing to Chipping.

“This has been a real team effort from all of the consultants involved.”

The former cotton-spinning mill dates back to 1785 and some of the original features, including the water wheel and its gearing system, will be preserved.

It will form the centrepiece of the hotel, spa and restaurant while adjoining dilapidated factory buildings will be demolished to make way for a new stone and slate extension.

The scheme has been designed by 5plus Architects.

A date for the beginning and end of the work on the mill has not yet been decided with SCP not available for further comment.