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England | Converting mill sites to housing, other uses could bring 150,000 jobs: preservation group

Redundant mill sites which symbolise the North’s industrial heritage could create thousands of homes and jobs if interventions were taken for regeneration, Historic England has said.

Across Yorkshire, the public body has found, there are an estimated 1,350 redundant and under-used mill buildings with the capacity to deliver up to 27,000 homes and 150,000 jobs. With intervention they could be brought back into public use, it has argued, providing a solution for local authorities struggling to find sites for development and housing need. Now a feasibility study, commissioned by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and looking at a sample of 10 historic sites to assess their potential, has found that with intervention and initial investment of around £7.5m, these 10 sites alone could create 1,223 homes or 4,800 new jobs.


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