Historians are trying to save hundreds of icons of the industrial revolution.
The textile mills in the north west, changed work, society and the landscape forever - but many have been left derelict or been demolished.
Now campaigners say they want to put businesses back into these buildings.
Adam McClean reports.
There's controversy over claims that regeneration projects in Burnley in Lancashire are 'pointless'.
The Economist magazine lists it among a number of northern towns described as 'decaying'.
The article claims the government should help people commute or move away from places like Burnley to Manchester and Liverpool where there are jobs.
Long awaited plans to regenerate the Anfield area of Liverpool have been announced.
The scheme costing £260 million will build new houses and help transform existing properties.
They are also planning to build a new shopping precinct, more offices and a hotel.
Andy Bonner has the details
Liverpool city council has announced a £260 million pound scheme to regenerate the Anfield area of the city.
The proposal involves new homes,refubishment of more than 5 hundred existing houses, a shopping precinct, office buildings and a hotel.
The council wants people who live in the area to give their opinions of the plans.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said:
"It is essential that people understand that what we are unveiling today is a range of Anfield-wide regeneration ideas and concepts which we are confident can be delivered but which we genuinely need to hear people's views on.
"We believe the plans are exciting and will deliver a step-change in quality of life for many thousands of people and be of major benefit to the city not just Anfield. But residents, business people and others may have other opinions and their own brilliant ideas.
"Please tell us what you think and what you want. Anfield does not belong to Liverpool City Council and it does not belong to Liverpool Football Club or Your Housing Group. Anfield belongs to everyone."