Victorian Mills - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:53 pm on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of The Bishop of Leeds The Bishop of Leeds Bishop 2:53 pm, 11th February 2020

My Lords, there are some wonderful examples of how old mills being rejuvenated and given new life, such as Salts Mill in Saltaire and Manningham Mills, although there is a vast amount of empty space there. If they were icons of the old northern powerhouse, they are now becoming icons of dereliction. Does the Minister agree that if nothing is going to happen, then it would be better to knock them down? I do not favour that, but there needs to be a strategy that allows these wonderful buildings to be brought back into life, to be given a sort of resurrection.