The fight to save an historic mill has suffered another blow after a bid for listed building status failed.
Save Wesley Street Mill campaigners had hoped that their application for the Bamber Bridge building would be taken up by English Heritage before it was demolished.
However, the application was turned down on grounds that the mill was “too altered” from its original form.
Now the action group is pinning its hopes on the support of member Frank Mills, a civil engineer from Leyland.
Campaign member Derek Rogerson said: “It did not come as a complete surprise when an application to English Heritage for the Wesley Street Mill to be listed was turned down.
“However, this may not be as bad as it first sounds as though listing would have saved the mill from imminent demolition, it would have severely restricted development of the building.
“Our aspirations now lie with staunch campaign member Frank Mills who will be meeting with the mill owner’s representative in the very near future.
“Frank has prepared a presentation that hopefully will convince the owners that it makes sound economic and business sense to develop the mill as a multipurpose complex rather than demolishing it.”
An English Heritage spokesman said: “Wesley Street Mill is clearly of local interest, but is too altered for English Heritage to recommend it for national listing.
“In particular, the loss of features such as the chimney and the engine deck floor in the engine house which were integral to the design and purpose of the Mill means that it does not meet the strict criteria applied for national listing.”
South Ribble Council has passed plans to demolish the 106-year-old mill to make way for 200 new homes.
The building, which is the former home of Bamber Bridge Spinning and Weaving Company, closed as a working mill in 1959.