Springside Paper Mills Belmont – 10 acres residential

In the mid 19th Century paper-making became a major business in the UK. Briefly a dye works in the earlier part of that century, this Spencer family site (under Charles Turner) was sold to Canadian company Kruger after 150 years of operation. Despite care in running the business (see below, for example, the image of the guard-dog graveyard) the factory closed in 2002, and Kruger left the UK around 2010.


Daineswell helped secure the allocation of the site within the local plan and later facilitated its purchase to local remediation company, Urban Regen Ltd. (under its subsidiary, Urban Springside Ltd.)


Blackburn with Darwen Council needed aspirational housing in its borough and agreed with the buyers that the derelict site presented an ideal brownfield redevelopment opportunity in the delightful countryside just south-east of Belmont village.


Daineswell was appointed project manager, and together with URL, put together a formidable design team, obtaining planning consent for remediation works and an outline development of up to 110 new houses.


Daineswell design responsibilities included remodelled topography (Daineswell), drainage & flood (MLA associates), access road & junction improvements (CTC Infrastructure). Smith Grant llp is the environmental consultant dealing with paper wastes in the tips, and general site remediation.

Demolition, major asbestos removal, remediation and major earthworks, plus the 900m upgraded adoptable access road is expected to cost in the region of £3m.

Just a couple of miles north of Bolton, over 11 acres of re-contoured land in a very pleasant rural setting with streams and ancient woodland is ideal for mostly 4-bedroom properties together with mews-type dwellings and some larger houses.