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Denver Mill Offered for Sale

The Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust has decided to put the Denver Mill complex up for sale. The reasons behind this decision are explained below.

Denver Mill has been sold by the Trust and it is now in new ownership. More information will be posted shortly.

 

WHY IS THE TRUST SELLING THE MILL?

The Trust has owned Denver Mill since 1995, when it was acquired in a semi-derelict state from Norfolk County Council. Over £1million was spent on its repair and refurbishment before it opened to visitors in 2000. Since then it has become a much-loved local landmark, enjoyed by Denver residents and visitors alike. However, in recent years the demands of running the mill have placed an excessive financial and administrative burden on the Trust, a small organisation run largely by volunteers and with only one part-time member of staff. It is the Trust's view, after long and careful consideration by its board of directors, that the future of Denver Mill is best served under new ownership. Selling the property will also free up the Trust's resources to take on new projects and therefore enable the organisation to return to its core purpose: to acquire historic buildings at risk, repair them and then pass them into suitable new ownership.

 

WHY HAS THE MILL BEEN CLOSED TO VISITORS RECENTLY?

The decision to close the shop and tearoom just before Christmas last year was based on financial reasons. The income generated from opening to the public was not sufficient to cover running costs and, as a charity, the Trust could not afford to continue subsidising the operation. In addition, sections of the render on the mill tower had become unstable and it was therefore unsafe to admit visitors.

 

IS THE MILL IN NEED OF REPAIR?

Yes. The mill tower needs extensive repair to its masonry and render, in part a result of unsatisfactory work carried out at the time of the original restoration twenty years ago. Understanding of how best to care for historic buildings has moved on considerably since then and the new repairs will be designed to ensure that the structure and condition of the tower remain sound for many years to come. The Trust is committed to carrying out these essential before the tower itself passes to any new owner. The rest of the mill complex remains in very good condition and will pass to the new owner immediately on completion of the sale.

 

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE SAILS?

All four sails were removed following a serious structural failure in October 2011.The condition of three of them, all of which suffered damage, is currently being reassessed, but they are likely to be beyond repair. The fourth sail, which survived the incident more or less intact, will be offered as part of the sale.

 

WILL THE MILL BE SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER?

Not necessarily. The Trust is determined to ensure that Denver Mill passes into sympathetic ownership and will be used in ways that are appropriate to its historic character and setting. A potential purchaser's proposals for the mill complex's future will be an important factor for the Trust in deciding whether or not to accept any particular offer.

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE?

Part of the income from the sale will invested in the repairs that are necessary to the mill tower. The remainder will be spent maintaining the other properties in the Trust's care and ensuring the Trust has the capacity to help save other historic buildings at risk in Norfolk in the future.

 

WILL THE MILL ITSELF BE CONVERTED INTO RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION?

No. The Trust will be issuing a covenant in the sale document to ensure that the mill tower and the engine room cannot be converted to residential use. 

 

WILL THERE BE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE MILL AFTER IT HAS BEEN SOLD?

Yes. The Trust wishes to see continued public access to the mill tower and the engine room, and will make this a condition of any sale. Whether or not the tea-room and shop reopen to visitors will be for the new owner to decide.

 

The Denver Mill complex is being offered for sale through Bedfords Estate Agents, enquiries to 01328 730500.