An historic mill could be demolished to make way for 55 houses.

Plans have been submitted to Kirklees Council for development on the old 19th century Cellars Clough site on Manchester Road in Marsden.

Owner John Mercer wants to build a mix of one, two, three and four plus homes on the 10.6 hectare area sandwiched between Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the River Colne, and create parking for 143 vehicles.

It is the third time that a planning bid has been made for the mill and if successful, will mean the destruction of the five crumbling mill buildings, some of which were pulled down in 2014 on advice of a structural report.

Future of iconic Cellars Clough Mill in Marsden hangs in the balance as demolition work begins

This followed the withdrawing of a second application for 133 apartments, parking for 190 cars and the construction of a new access road.

The first application made in 2007 gained planning permission for 101 houses, a gym and pool, shop, meeting room and bike store but was not enacted.

David Storrie Town Planning Consultants have argued that the development will bring “diversity” to the area and “create a vibrant atmosphere.”

A design and access statement read: “The residential development will consist of 2, 3 and 4-bed dwellings.

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“This will bring diversity to the area. It will bring young people starting out in their careers, couples and young families, as well as the mature person looking for a more modern style of living.”

Members of the public will have until September 9 to make comments on the application.