Fresh plans to redevelop a former paper mill have been lodged after previous proposals were thrown out.

An application to transform the Mondi Paper Mill site in Ramsbottom into 57 new homes has been submitted, three years after plans were refused over concerns about a flood risk in the area.

After being earmarked for demolishment in 2012, two previous applications to redevelop the site have been thrown out by the council.

The historic mill, which formerly stood off Bridge Street, was built in 1857 until it closed in 2008 causing the loss of 90 jobs.

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The new application, lodged by Eccleston Homes, sees the number of proposed dwellings reduced from 73 homes to 57 and the addition of a new public car park to service the East Lancashire Railway station and town centre.

The applicant says further flood assessment was carried out ahead of submission resulting in an updated drainage strategy which it says will reduce the risk of flood in the area. 

A planning statement submitted by Litchfield consultants, on behalf of Eccleston Homes, said the revise plans will be the demolition of a derelict brick building and two stone buildings, the retention of a chimney and the building of 57 homes.

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The statement added: “[The plan includes] engineering operations to create a development platform, public car park, substation, public open space, landscaping, drainage, the layout of internal estate roads and footways and other associated works.”

The homes will comprise of two two-bedroom semi-detached homes, a combination of 31 three-bedroom semi-detached, detached and news homes and 24 four-bedroom detached homes.

The houses will be a mixture of two-storey and 2.5 storey homes, and apartments are no longer proposed.

Following the start of a public consultation, the plans have received mix reaction from residents some of who welcome additional housing in the town and other who are concerned about increased amounts of traffic.