A PROPERTY developer has unveiled multi-million pound plans for another Huddersfield mill.
And the apartment scheme will mean a new future for a long-established textile firm.
Honley-based Lanson Developments wants to convert Commercial Mills at Firth Street into 65 flats in the latest phase of its £20m luxury apartment complex - named 1535 The Melting Point.
Commercial Mills, which dates back to 1863, is occupied by family-run business SKA Textiles Ltd.
SKA, founded in 1975 and employing 65 people, will move to another site to make way for the developers.
Lanson has submitted plans to convert the main stone-built mill into flats.
It also wants to demolish smaller buildings on the site.
A decision on the proposals will be made by members of Kirklees Council's planning committee.
Earlier this month, Lanson put 44 flats up for sale as part of the 1535 Melting Point development.
The flats are being created by converting the former dyehouse of Priestroyd Mill and the neighbouring B Baker building.
The first phase of 57 flats at Priestroyd Mill have now been sold for prices ranging from £79,500 to £195,000.
Once completed, 1535 The Melting Point will provide 190 luxury flats in six buildings together with a restaurant and leisure facilities.
Khalid Pervaiz, co-owner of SKA, said the company was now seeking another home. He said: "We are looking for a suitable site - ideally on one level - but we intend to stay in Kirklees.
"These old mills have served their purpose for manufacturing.
"They are all `up and down' stairs and unloading is very difficult with fork lift trucks when there are pedestrians about."
Mr Pervaiz said Firth Street was changing from an industrial into a residential area - with Lanson's development and several student accommodation blocks.
He said: "It is a good thing because it is bringing a lot of wealth into Huddersfield."
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