LUXURY flats look set to breathe life into another Huddersfield mill.
Kirklees Council's Planning Committee has given the go-ahead for Folly Hall Mills on St Thomas's Road to be turned into 61 flats.
It means a large part of the riverside area of the town, between Folly Hall and Aspley, will have been revamped.
The Mandale Group, based in Stockton- on-Tees, applied for permission to convert the redundant five-storey mill into the flats complex, complete with a leisure suite.
The mill is Grade II listed and is on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk Register.
This means that any work has to meet strict guidelines.
Listed building consent must be passed by the Secretary of State for the Environment before any development can begin.
The mill was built in 1844 on a prominent site at the bottom of Chapel Hill.
Arsonists have repeatedly struck at it since its closure in 1982.
Kirklees has been looking for a use for the building for many years.
Planning committee chairman Clr Ken Sims passed the decision over to officials to approve.
He said: "I'm very pleased to see this company come in and to see this building come into use, as should have been done 10 years ago."
The mill is less than quarter of a mile from the £20m 1535 The Melting Point mill development being carried out by Lanson Developments.
The Huddersfield-based property developer has recently been granted planning permission for phase three of its £20m scheme on Firth Street.
Interest in the 190 luxury flats, restaurant and leisure facilities development has previously prompted international property agents Knight Frank to dub 1535 "the country's fastest-selling residential scheme".
Both phase one and phase two are sold out.
Phase three comprises 65 one and two-bedroomed flats.
Many old mills further along Firth Street have been transformed into teaching buildings for Huddersfield University and accommodation for its students.