Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has today backed a new report on the potential of using historic mills to drive home, jobs and green growth.
The report has been commissioned by Historic England, and was presented to the Northern Culture All-party parliamentary group this afternoon.
The report has found that vacant floor space in historic northern mills could accommodate around 13,000 apartments in Greater Manchester, delivering a significant proportion of housing through re-using brownfield sites. The report also finds that 41,500 jobs could be accommodated by utilising empty mill space.
There is also a sizeable environmental benefit, with research demonstrating that by refurbishing or retrofitting historic buildings, significant carbon emissions associated with demolition are avoided.
Catherine Dewar, Historic England’s North West Regional Director said: ‘
“The Mills of the North are such an important part of our history, culture and landscape. These amazing buildings and sites can accommodate wonderful homes, workplaces and cultural spaces. Special places where the history and character shines through.
Commenting on the report, Andrew Gwynne said:
We have some great examples of mill conversions to residential properties in Denton and Reddish. Houldsworth Mill, Elisabeth Mill and Victoria Mill in Reddish are all fine examples.
I’d love to see more of this regeneration and reuse of our magnificent urban heritage across the rest of the constituency and beyond”.
To read the full report, entitled ‘Engines of Prosperity’ click here.