Housing plan for giant paper mill site

Oughtibridge Mill

Oughtibridge Mill

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A former paper mill could soon be turned into housing and offices after the 110 acre site was put on the market.

Oughtibridge Mill was closed with the loss of more than 150 jobs after it was confirmed it would shut last year.

The site is now being marketed to prospective developers, with potential uses including housing and commercial property.

Any new uses for the site would have to be approved by council planners. The sale includes 350,000 sq ft of warehousing, factory and office buildings.

A spokesman for the Swedish site owners SCA said: “The mill’s closure was announced in 2014 after paper production had ceased in 2007.

“Since then the site has been subject to extensive remediation, including some demolition and decommissioning as well as environmental and planning discussions and both Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Sheffield City Council have produced pre-application reports that will be available to prospective purchasers.”

Originally known as Spring Grove Paper Mill, the site was established in 1871 and went on to become one of the area’s largest employers, employing several thousand people at its peak.

Those selling the site have told developers planners at Sheffield and Barnsley Councils hope to see ‘community benefits’ offered as part of redevelopment plans, including use of sports fields and the creation of new footpaths and cycle ways.

In August, Paul Oliver, SCA programme manager said: “An important part of the brief is that, as an ethical company, we want to exit the site responsibly and with consideration for the views of the local community and of the environment.”

The Swedish firm took over the mill site after buying Georgia Pacific’s European operation in 2012.

Paper production at the mill ceased after the 2007 floods, leaving only processing and packaging of paper brought in from another mill in Lancashire.

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