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Historic corn mill to get facelift

Malin Bridge corn mill The historic Malin Bridge corn mill

THE DISUSED Malin Bridge corn mill is finally to be restored, with strict controls in place to preserve the historic building and water wheel.

City councillors have given planning permission to convert the Grade 2 listed building into flats.

The scheme will mean demolition of the ugly extension to the mill, which was tagged on in the 1970s when it was used as a clothes warehouse. Two new two-storey blocks will be built in natural stone on the old car park.

The scheme will provide 23 new flats. Councillors have insisted on strict controls to protect the historic water wheel and mill race on the River Loxley side of the building.

Local groups objected to earlier schemes which involved three-storey buildings on the car park, but we did not object to the new proposals.

The final scheme will mean a new lease of life for one of the valley's most important historic buildings, and will spruce up this important 'gateway' to the Loxley Valley. Planners have insisted the building is restored to the high standards laid down in the Loxley Valley Design Statement.

We believe this shows the value of fighting unsuitable development in the valley, and holding out for developments that can genuinely enhance the area.

The old water wheel The old water wheel

Corn mill facts

  • Earliest records of a mill on this site date back to 1739
  • Compensation claims after the 1864 Sheffield Flood amounted to £22, including a new 16ft water wheel
  • The mill was used to sell corn and flour until 1956. Since then it has gone through various guises, including a clothes warehouse and a Chinese restaurant

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