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Good use for old mill
A REDUNDANT mill in Greenwich is set to be brought back into productive use if council planners give the green light.
RUN DOWN AND UNUSED: Mumford Mill
Alfred McAlpine is seeking to convert Mumford Mill, in Greenwich High Road, into a mixed-use development of homes and commercial premises.
Greenwich Area Planning and Environment Committee is expected to grant full planning permission and listed-building consent tonight (Wednesday). The old flour mill and silo, designed by Sir Aston Webb, is Grade II-listed and is also placed on the buildings at risk register, which contains 681 buildings nationwide.
Started 10 years, it is a list of buildings and monuments known to be at risk from neglect, decay or redundancy, and the mill is in a poor state of repair.
Built in 1897, using multi-coloured stock-brick, the building has a number of important architectural features including corner stones, a row of round windows on its east side and the name of the mill inscribed in stone.
Plans will see the creation of five one-bed, 27 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom flats, with commercial use, including workshops, retail units and restaurants, on the ground and first floor areas. Construction work, which is ready to start as soon as permission is granted, will include the creation of new window openings and additional floors inside the longmill section of the building.
The agenda concludes: “The proposal is acceptable as the refurbishment of the mill will make a positive contribution towards the regeneration of this part of the Creekside area.
“It will also result in a listed building being brought back into productive use.”