Leeds TV mill set to house 500 new jobs

Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley.
Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley.
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Hundreds of new jobs are set to be created at the former home of Yorkshire Dales soap opera Emmerdale.

Sunny Bank Mills, in Farsley, aims to create 500 jobs within the next seven years as part of a £2.5m investment to regenerate the site.

The mill, which has been transformed into a business centre, is hoping to reclaim its status as one of the west Leeds village’s biggest employers.

Owners and directors William and John Gaunt are now giving residents the chance to find out more about their ambitions for the historic mill.

The Sunny Bank Mill complex, which has been owned by the Gaunt family for nearly two centuries, was once home to Emmerdale and Heartbeat.

John Gaunt said he hopes the plans will preserve the site.

He said: “We believe very strongly that we must preserve the legacy of Sunny Bank Mills for future generations.

“We are retaining and refurbishing existing historic buildings such as Sandsgate and the 1912 mill, where Yorkshire Television filmed Emmerdale and Heartbeat, to create new jobs and regenerate the site.

“We estimate that 500 new jobs will have been created here by 2020, making Sunny Bank Mills the economic powerhouse of Farsley once again.”

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A number of small offices at the site are available to rent and there is also the opportunity to set up a 130 cover restaurant fronting the village’s main street – Town Street.

John Gaunt added: “Ultimately we are the guardians of this exceptional site. Whilst it has a tremendous history, we must look to the future.”

The open day at Sunny Bank Mills will be held on Tuesday, November 27.

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