Backing for mill site plan

NRHNBE120501b1, Smiths flour mills, Langley Mill.
NRHNBE120501b1, Smiths flour mills, Langley Mill.

A plan to transform a former flour mill site into housing in a new cul-de-sac has won initial favour with councillors in Langley Mill.

The former Smiths Flour Mill was established on Cromford Road in 1820, but finally ceased production in 2012 shortly after being acquired by Northamptonshire firm Whitworth Brothers.

It has been almost a year since contractors began moving onto the site to demolish it, in what many saw as a sad loss of the mill industry which gave the village its name.

Now developer Whitworth Brothers Limited has lodged a plan to build a neat T-shaped cul-de-sac comprising 24 homes on the site.

Amber Valley borough councillor for the Langley Mill and Aldercar ward Brian Gration, said: “I’m all for it, as I’ve said all along that I didn’t want that site to be left for weeds to grow and become an eyesore.”

The development would be for 18 three-bedroomed detached homes and four three-bed semi-detatched houses.

In a design and access statement submitted with the application it also states that the site would become an ‘eyesore’ if left undeveloped.

Chairman of Aldercar and Langley Mill Parish Council Cllr Mick Fowkes, said: “My own personal opinion is that it will cover another empty space.

“It was sad that the mill had to come down, but if that site has to be housing, it has to be housing.

“Also it’s not going to be masses of houses. But it’s 
really early days, things could change.”

Discussions are taking place between the parish council and the developers to decide where to place the mill stone monument, currently mounted at the former entrance to the Smiths site, if the development is approved.

The mill stone would have been used at the site up until 1970 to grind flour. Whitworths donated it to the parish council before Christmas.