West Leeds: New lease of life for mill

Sunny Bank Mills, in Farsley, is to be transformed creating a home for up to 600 jobs.
Sunny Bank Mills, in Farsley, is to be transformed creating a home for up to 600 jobs.
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planners have given the green light to transform and regenerate an historic west Leeds mill.

The multi-million pound regeneration scheme could see 600 people employed at Sunny Bank Mills, in Farsley.

Owners and directors John and William Gaunt have invested £4m in remodelling the 10-acre site over the past six years.

Leeds City Council planners have now given the green light to regenerate the rest of the estate.

The complex, which the Gaunt family have owned for nearly two centuries, was the home of television shows Emmerdale and Heartbeat.

The family halted textile production at the mill in 2008 and gave the site a £2m renovation in 2011.

John Gaunt said: “The decision by Leeds planners to support this new phase of regeneration is tremendous news, not just for us, but for the economy of Farsley, Pudsey and the surrounding area.

“It’s exciting for the village and it’s a huge privilege for us.

“We have already created 250 jobs at Sunny Bank Mills, with more than 50 companies on site. This next phase, which will be developed over the next few years, will create many more and regenerate these lovely old buildings.”

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

“We are the guardians of this exceptional site. Whilst it has a tremendous history, we must look to the future.

“ We are very conscious of the need to get it right, not just for us, but also for Farsley and future generations.”

MP Rachel Reeves.

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