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Batley Mill becomes home to affordable housing

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Owners of Batley’s recently renovated Old Woollen Mill, San Pedro Properties and Eagerlux, have signed up not-for profit social housing management organisation, Fusion Housing.

The family-owned property company invested £300,000 into the mill to transform the top floor into 15 one-bedroomed affordable flats. It will now move on to converting the rest of the mill.

Eagerlux and San Pedro Properties md Andrew Mear applied for planning permission three years ago and it was granted at the end of 2014.

Andrew, whose family business owns a wide portfolio of properties across West Yorkshire, said: “Thirty years ago when my father first bought the mill he considered converting it into affordable housing but decided against it due to limited demand.

“We felt that the time was right to make that move. There’s a real shortage of affordable housing and we wanted to cater for that market. Now that Fusion Housing has agreed the management of the top floor we are now looking to convert the rest of the mill.”

Kirklees based Fusion Housing is a housing charity that assists individuals within the area who are experiencing housing related problems. It offers housing legal advice, an employment and learning service, floating support for single people and single parents, a bond guarantee scheme, resettlement into the community scheme for ex-offenders and a refuge service. It has a managed tenancy scheme offering low level supported accommodation. It also has a furniture recycling scheme which is free to access for its clients.

Irena Andrew of Fusion Housing said: “We were very impressed with Andrew’s vision and plans for the mill and had no doubt that it would be ideal for Fusion’s clients. Andrew is very keen to give something back to the community and create opportunities for people who have had a tough start in life.”

(L-R) Andrea Conboy Team Leader at Fusion Homes Fusion Housing Andrew Mear Owner of Batley Mill and Helen Minnet Managing Director Fusion Housing
Andrea Conboy, team leader at Fusion Homes Fusion Housing; Andrew Mear, owner of Batley Mill and Helen Minnet, managing director of Fusion Housing

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