Barnfield Blackburn Limited commence work on Mill Bank Business Park

Barnfield Blackburn Limited, the new joint venture development company between Barnfield Developments and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council have commenced the next phase of work on their first site in the borough and unveil their future development plans.

The site located on Greenbank Terrace/Milking Lane, just off junction 4 M65 was acquired by the partnership in 2019. Branded as Mill Bank the site is in a prominent location for commercial and residential development.

This next phase of works will provide a new road through the site linking Greenbank Terrace & Milking Lane.  The road will not only provide access to the future development plots for residential and commercial use, but also solve a bottle neck problem on Milking Lane.   Extensive works within the site are also planned to help alleviate flooding on Greenbank Terrace.  Works commence this week and will be undertaken by main contractor, Barnfield Construction Ltd, it is envisaged that works will complete in March 2021.

The partnership are already talking to a number of established residential developers about the residential opportunity and have interest in the commercial development from local occupiers.   The masterplan shows a range of commercial units from small starter units of 1000 sq ft up to 40,000 sq ft.   Trevor Dawson and Taylor Weaver have been appointed as joint agents for the commercial development.

Tracy Clavell-Bate, Head of Development and Acquisition at Barnfield Group commented “It was clearly evident when we acquired the site that firstly, we needed to address the 2 derelict office buildings which had laid dormant for many years.  Since their demolition in 2019, the partnership have been busy behind the scenes, working with planning, highways and the environment agency, to overcome a number of challenging issues. Having gained planning earlier this year for the link road and uses across the development plots, we are delighted to be back on site.”

Simon Jones, Blackburn with Darwen Council said: “It is a pleasure to be involved in the development.  As a Council we have played a major part in the design of the new link road and overcoming the challenges due to the topography of the land.   The proposals put forward will also alleviate the flooding on Greenbank Terrace which has been a problem for the area for many years.”

Steve Fogg, Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, which contributed £1.4m to the scheme through the Growth Deal Programme said, “It is great to see public and private sector partners working together to unlock and facilitate developments and we are delighted to support this project which will result in a high quality mixed use development in the area. The Greenbank Terrace link road is a natural extension to the Darwen East Development Corridor scheme which previously secured £2.5m from the LEP’s Growth Deal   The new road will not only provide essential infrastructure for new homes,  but will also unlock commercial space with the potential to create over 100 jobs for the town.”

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