Newtown Mill development – have your say

Published on Mon Apr 25 2022
View of proposed new front of mill

Members of the public and other interested parties are invited to a public consultation event to find out more about the proposed development of Newtown Mill in Burnley.

The empty landmark building in Queen’s Lancashire Way has been acquired by Burnley Council to enable the next step of the University of Lancashire’s (UCLan) ambitious expansion plans in the town to go ahead.

A drop-in event will be held at UCLan’s Sandygate halls, Sandygate on Wednesday (27th April) between 4.30pm-6.30pm when staff will be available to give more details about the proposals and how the former mill will be developed and used in the future.

For those unable to attend, you can get more details and give your views at

Kate Ingram, the council’s strategic head of economy and growth, said: “This is an ideal opportunity to find out more about this exciting new development and how it fits in to UCLan’s ambitious plans to transform Burnley into a university town.”

The council’s acquisition of Newtown Mill was funded through the Government’s Levelling Up programme.

The deal will enable the council and UCLan, to progress exciting redevelopment plans to create a thriving canalside campus in the historic Weavers’ Triangle area.

The proposed scheme will create around 35,000 sq ft of space to accommodate innovative teaching facilities and a business/enterprise zone, as well as creating new public spaces together with public realm improvements to Sandygate.

The site will provide a state-of-the-art teaching building with inspirational heritage features, high-quality teaching rooms, student social space and a business and public engagement area.  

The scheme will be delivered through the council’s joint venture with Barnfield.  Day Architecture has been appointed a to draw up plans for the building and a planning application will be submitted shortly.