THE future of a Huddersfield textile mill remains undecided - almost two years after manufacturing ended at the site.
Household textiles firm Whitley Willows is examining options for the mill, which occupies a 12-acre site at Lepton.
The future of the mill was debated by Kirkburton parish councillors at a planning meeting.
Lepton ward councillor Peter Cunnington, said: "We want to ensure that we keep as much employment in the area as we can.
"We have lost so many mils to housing developments with the loss of local employment."
Clr Cunnington said the position of Whitley Willows Mill made it unsuitable for large-scale industry.
But he said the mill could create jobs - perhaps as a sports arena.
Clr Cunnington said some of the outbuildings might suit small start-up businesses.
But he said: "The two-storey mill building should be cherished."
Duncan Davidson, managing director of Whitley Willows said the company was still using the mill for warehousing, but it was considering alternative uses .
The mill is well-known for its picture postcard valley-bottom setting with its tree-lined pond and ducks.
Whitley Willows, which has almost 200 employees, transferred manufacturing from Lepton to Barncliffe Mills at Shelley in summer 2002.
The company also has a dyeing and finishing plant at Kirkburton.