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Watson Homes has recently submitted plans to develop a derelict, former mill site just outside Glossop town centre. The scheme will consist of 85 new homes in total – 25 houses and 60 apartments.

The former textile mill was, at one time, the biggest in northwest Derbyshire and employed around 2,000 people. If successful, the mill could be turned into a residential. If permission is granted the Howard Town Mill complex in Glossop would be cleared and replaced with two apartment buildings and 25 new houses.

In addition to the new buildings proposed to be built on the site, the existing mansion still standing will be converted into apartments along with the existing coach house. In all it is estimated that 98 residential units would be created should the project be given the go-ahead.

The ambitious plans have been submitted to High Peak Borough Council for the planning committee to assess and make a decision. If planners agree to the development it would mean that the historic site would be cleared for the development with only the mansion house and the stables surviving.

Dating back to the 19th century, Howard Town Mill became the largest textile mill in northwest Derbyshire and one of the largest integrated cotton mills in the whole of England. At its height, 2,000 people were employed there, however during the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century the site declined and was eventually sold off by the Wood family in 1921.

The eastern part of the site was taken over by Volcrepe Rubber in 1932 and continued to be used until 2002. Since then the whole site has sat abandoned and has suffered from some incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

Planning documents, seen by Derbyshire Live, show how the site would look if permission is granted. The two new residential blocks would be constructed on either side of the site while the 25 houses would be spread out between them.

Those 25 houses would be classed as affordable housing while the flats and apartments would be placed on the open market for either sale or rent. Of those affordable properties, 12 would be two-bedroom homes and the remaining 13 would have three bedrooms.

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