A relic from the industrial revolution, the Forest Mill / Sykes Mill had a rich manufacturing heritage dating back to Victorian times. The mill buildings occupied approximately half of the site, complete with an original large brick chimney and back filled reservoirs.
Harrow Estates acquired the site in July 2005, as a short term investment when the mill buildings were still in use as a manufacturing facility but subsequently became available following the collapse of the tenant business.
Proposals for residential redevelopment of this 7 acre site were initially opposed by the local authority - however Harrow Estates produced a compelling evidence base and high quality residential proposals which gained the support of the local community and subsequently the Council.
No. Acres: 7
No. Units: 112
Requirements: Demolition, Infrastructure, Planning and Decontamination
Sold To: Redrow Homes
Date Acquired: July 2005
Date Sold: October 2009
Previous Classification: Brownfield