A developer plans to provide alternative parking after requesting to use a council-owned public car park as a construction compound.

St David Project Omega Ltd previously gained planning permission to convert the empty Topping Mill into housing for people with mental health issues.

The supported living accommodation will be for 15 adults. The mill building, in Topping Street, Bury is a red-brick, two-storey former industrial mill constructed in the mid to late 1800s.

It was occupied by confectioners Scott & Rosse until the 1960s, and has been vacant for several years.

Bury Times: Topping MillTopping Mill (Image: Public)

A planning application lodged within the past week says the developer is seeking to take possession of a public car park to use during the conversion.

It states: “The Topping Mill building occupies the entire footprint of its site, and is currently in poor condition and occupied by a supporting scaffold structure pending removal and replacement of the roof structure and covering and repairs to the external walls, making economic development of the building physically very difficult

“St David Project Omega is in negotiations with Bury Council to take possession of the adjacent Topping Street car park which is owned by the council, to use as a construction compound for the duration of the refurbishment works from May 2024 to June 2025.

“The loss of the 12 car parking spaces at Topping Street car park, which are currently available to the public free of charge, would result in additional pressure on the available parking in the local streets.”


Topping Street in Bury

Topping Street in Bury


The applicant added that they intend to use land at nearby Brook Street to ensure that replacement alternative parking spaces are available to the public for the duration of the works.

They said the use of the Topping Street car park area would be temporary, for a maximum of 15 months from May to August, 2025.

If approved, the site of the replacement car park will part of a larger site, extending from Brook Street to Kenyon Street, currently used for storage of cars.

Council planners will now consider the application.