DC Casebook: Listed buildings - Mill remnants reprieved as sole survivor

A proposal to demolish the rundown remnants of a windmill in East Sussex has been rejected following advice from the town museum that they were the only surviving remains of their kind in the area.

The remains of the grade II listed windmill comprised the lower portion of the brick roundhouse, a central post about 6m in height and four diagonal wooden struts. The inspector heard that the remains were regarded as a local landmark and a connection with the past. He noted that they occupied a prominent position in the street scene and were clearly visible to passers-by. He ruled that they had historic interest in their own right and total demolition and site clearance would remove an important link with the town's history.

He expressed some sympathy with the appellants, recognising that the maintenance and repair of the remaining structure represented an ongoing financial commitment that was likely to become more onerous over time. However, he did not consider that the anticipated costs of the major intervention necessary to solve the problem of decay were sufficient to justify the proposal.

DCS Number 100-058-226

Inspector Clive Hughes; Written representations.

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