Major plans for village

Former Clifton Mills site in Bailiff Bridge that could be transformed into a care home and three shops along with car parking
Former Clifton Mills site in Bailiff Bridge that could be transformed into a care home and three shops along with car parking

A 56-BED care home and three shop units could be built and in the heart of Bailiff Bridge.

And it is thought the development will generate 40 full-time and 50 part-time jobs, plus short-term construction jobs and indirect employment.

The planning application submitted on behalf of CP Group for the former Clifton Mills site, in Axminster Drive, includes an outline application for the care home based over three floors with associated parking and a full application for three shop units, the largest to be occupied by the Co-op.

The site is unoccupied, following the demolition of the former mills in 2009. But three years prior to that planning permission was granted for the conversion of the mill into 69 apartments. It was deemed uneconomical to convert it.

Councillor Colin Raistrick (Ind, Hipp/Light) said he was in favour of the development. “Anything that tidies up that site is probably a good thing. It is also planning to create more jobs so I can only see that as a positive and we are going to need more care homes in the future. I realise it won’t improve the traffic situation at the crossroads but it will make the area a nicer place.”

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) agreed that it would tidy up the area that had looked unsightly for some time. “The shop units will give people a greater choice and the car parking spaces will be a strength because it is very difficult to park around there,” he said. “We are still looking at the cross roads close by but with the application there maybe the opportunity to secure some 106 funding towards a pelican crossing there so I will be looking at that with interest.”

Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipp/Light) said he had approached the applicant about the possibility of including the former Firth’s clock within the site. “I have spoken to a few residents and they have said they don’t want the site remaining an eye sore for much longer. With no care home anywhere in Bailiff Bridge maybe there is room for a good quality one,” he said.

A decision will be made in October.