Plans Submitted To Convert Derelict Mill In Bradford

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Kyme Mills has most recently been used as a tyre and furniture store.

A derelict mill could soon be refurbished and turned into accommodation for vulnerable adults.

Midshire Supported Housing Trust has revealed ambitious plans to transform the empty Kyme Mills, off Leeds Road, into a hostel for the vulnerable, which would have around 78 beds.

A planning application for the project has now been submitted to Bradford Council.

The Birmingham-based charity offers support to homeless and vulnerable adults.

The large former textile mill on Napier Terrace, which was formerly called Bradford Moor Mill and was built in the early 20th century, is currently empty.

It has most recently been used as a tyre and furniture store and indoor markets.

Plans submitted this week by the charity show that the mill will be divided into 18 apartments over four storeys, each classed as a “house in multiple occupation”.

These apartments would each contain multiple bedrooms as well as a shared bathroom, living room and kitchen facilities.

Some would be family apartments.

And the plans submitted to the Council also show a communal games area, consultation rooms and offices.

Overall there would be 78 bedrooms in the hostel.

The application says the development will also create three full-time and two part-time jobs, and there will be 17 parking spaces.

It also points out that the building is on a key route into Bradford, and sits on numerous bus routes linking Bradford and Leeds.

On its website the charity says it provides supported living accommodation, where vulnerable people can develop independent living skills, and short-term shared accommodation for vulnerable and homeless people.

Describing its goals, the charity says: “We work in partnership with individuals and communities to maximize the positive impact we have on peoples’ lives, promoting independence and full participation in society.

“We work in partnership to develop a creative powerhouse from which the hopes, dreams and aspirations of all who access our services and all who work with us can be captured.

“We aim to build on the dreams we all want to be independent, be in control and actively participate to enable the overall aim of enhancing quality of life, retaining dignity and being treated with respect to become a reality.

“We aim to provide supported accommodation to vulnerable people in society who need it most.”

The Local Democracy Service contacted Midshire, but was told no-one at the charity was able to comment on the plans.

A decision on the application is due on late October.

Kyme Mills is one of many empty mills in Bradford, and this application is the latest in a series of planning schemes to bring these buildings back into use.

High profile developments include Listers Mill in Manningham, and Victoria Mills in Shipley, both of which were transformed into apartments.

Other plans in the pipeline include transforming Conditioning House off Canal Road into flats and business space and the conversion of Hollins Mill on Sunbridge Road into flats.

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