Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration Ltd (PEARL) | Progress
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Progress on site

Work started in autumn 2016 on an initial phase of works which are scheduled to be completed in 2018.

The work includes:

Developing exciting indoor and outdoor leisure facilities including indoor and outdoor pitches, a climbing wall, cricket nets, dance and fitness areas and a play area – scheduled for completion in autumn 2017

Conversion of the historic office building into the new Lancashire Adult Learning Centre run by Nelson & Colne College – scheduled for completion in August 2017

Acquiring adjoining sites to support the comprehensive regeneration of the area mill site.

Transformation of the south east weaving shed into a new training and cyber security centre.

Development of a new Canal Marina.

Attractive landscaping, new footways and car parks.


The transformation of Brierfield Mill into Northlight is a £32 million project. A staggering £11.82M of funding has been secured by PEARL so far. This includes:

£4.95m from Lancashire Enterprise Partnerships Growth Deal including £750k LEP’s Growth Deal Skills Fund

£2.15m from Lancashire County Council

£1.5m from Pendle Council

£2.5m from Burnley FC in the community and its investors

£100,000 from Nelson and Colne College

Future Plans

Discussions are ongoing with prospective investors for the main canalside spinning mill building. Our plans, subject to securing investors and funding, include:

A residential component in the form of stylish mill converted residential apartments

A micro-brewery, bar/restaurant and managed offices

A creative arts studio and future base for In-Situ arts

A craft market and outdoor canalside terraces

A hotel with canalside restaurant/café and bars