Demolition plans for Glossop mill approved

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Plans to demolish an iconic Glossop mill which has crumbled into disrepair have been approved.

High Peak Borough Council’s planning committee approved plans to demolish Woods Mill, in Mill Street, at a meeting on Monday.

The proposal split opinion among councillors.

Coun Godfrey Claff said: “This is not just any old building, it’s almost 200-years-old, it’s one of the few remaining remnants of Glossop’s industrial heritage.”

Coun Lance Dowson also expressed concerns about demolishing a building with such historical importance.

But developer Michael Ryan said: “I believe that we have done everything possible to save the mill building.”

Coun Emily Thrane told the meeting: “I have reached the stage now where it’s been demonstrated the building is a safety hazard and there is no prospect of it being restored.”

As the building is currently unsafe, it has resulted in the closure of the route along Milltown to Cross Cliffe.

A report by planning officers stated: “Unless substantial urgent repairs are undertaken... to make the building watertight and secure from further vandalism the building will deteriorate further...

“Therefore, the route will remain closed until the building and area immediately around it... is made safe.

Woods Mill refers to the mill buildings at the eastern end of, what was originally, a larger Howard town Mill complex built by John Wood in the 19th Century. Over the years, many of the buildings making up the complex, which was one of the largest integrated cotton mills in England, have been demolished.