Weaver's Triangle, Burnley
One of the finest surviving Victorian industrial landscapes in the country. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales described the site as "stunning" and "Burnley's sleeping giant."
The regeneration project is a key strategic priority for Burnley Borough Council, Burnley Action Partnership and the Burnley Vision Board. It is recognised as a priority project by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The decline of industrial weaving has meant the area has been abandoned, and the sheer scale of the dereliction and disrepair has discouraged investors. The centrality of its location, the size of the area and the importance of Burnley's heritage makes it imperative the area is restored and regenerated.
After a series of public consultations, we and our sister charity, The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, submitted a joint enquiry-by-design report after a two day workshop. Our role is to ensure that any redevelopment is undertaken with due care to the architectural heritage of the site and also to assist with attracting developer interest.
In October 2011, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the site and found the stakeholders united in their determination for the area to be developed into a creative environment. Towards the end of the year, by working closely with stakeholders, we have secured a developer, and this has added great strength and structure to the project.
Through the Weaver’s Triangle working group, which includes a representative from The Prince’s Charities and other key project stakeholders, we are continuing our efforts to regenerate of this challenging area. The Weaver's Triangle is an integral part of Burnley's past and must be part of its exciting future.