Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration Ltd (PEARL) | Funding plans for Northlight under spotlight as Minister Greg Clark visits Brierfield
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Funding plans for Northlight under spotlight as Minister Greg Clark visits Brierfield

Funding plans for Northlight under spotlight as Minister Greg Clark visits Brierfield

The spotlight is on Northlight, Brierfield as Government Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark, visits this Friday 16 January.

He’ll be the fifth minister to visit Northlight to discuss the masterplan in less than a year.

The most recent visit has been from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP in October.

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP will see exciting plans and discuss funding opportunities to transform Brierfield Mill into a major new destination for the North West.

The Minister will meet representatives of PEARL, the pioneering joint venture company run by Pendle Council and local contractor, investor and developer, Barnfield Construction.

He’ll also meet MP Andrew Stephenson and Pendle Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Tony Greaves who are supporting the lobby for Government funding,  supported by Councillor Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council.

Councillor Tony Greaves said:

“This visit is very timely.

“Planning applications are already in for a hotel and an activity centre for Northlight and councillors will make a decision on them on 17 February,” he explained.

“We’ve had a lot of encouragement and half promises from the Government,” he added.

“If this project is to go ahead we really do need them to come forward now with some hard cash.” He said.

The masterplan for Northlight also includes a canal-side marina and pub and plans for state of the art retirement apartments are underway.

Tim Webber MBE, Managing Director for Barnfield and a PEARL board member said:

“We’re delighted to be the driving force behind the development.

“Being developers based in Pendle, we’re obviously passionate about our joint venture scheme, Northlight.

“It’s an exciting project for a stunning complex of historic buildings across a site of over seven acres.

“Northlight will create hundreds of jobs and become a new destination for the North West, whilst transforming an iconic Grade 2 listed building,” he said.

Greg Clark will also see the new housing development at Quaker Heights and Holden Road whilst in Brierfield, both major projects of the pioneering PEARL company.

“The transformation of Quaker Heights from the run-down, derelict Lob Lane Mill into fantastic places to live shows how we can tackle challenging Victorian buildings in Pendle,” said Tim.