Fury over plans to turn Jonathan Creek's windmill into two-bed home

Fury over plans to turn Grade-II listed windmill where Jonathan Creek lived in BBC drama into two bedroom home

  • Grade II listed King’s Mill in Shipley, West Sussex was used as home for TV sleuth
  • Family of the writer Hilaire Belloc want to convert the windmill’s engine house 
  • Dozens of locals have raised objection amid ‘considerable disquiet in the village’ 

Villagers are furious over plans to turn a Grade-II listed windmill – once used as the home of Jonathan Creek in the BBC drama – into a two bedroom home.

Dozens of objections have flooded in against plans to convert King’s Mill in Shipley, West Sussex, which was once the home of writer Hilaire Belloc.

The family of Mr Belloc, who was briefly an MP in the early 20th century, now wish to convert the 19th century mill’s engine room into a private residence.

But one angry local said the application had caused ‘considerable disquiet in the village’. 

Objections have flooded in against plans to convert listed King’s Mill in Shipley in West Sussex

The windmill was used as Jonathan Creek’s home in the eponymous BBC drama, which ran from 1997 to 2016

The unnamed villager added: ‘The mill had a perfectly viable future as a working mill open to the public.’

‘If this work is done it would mean the mill would never again be a working attraction.’

Another resident, in a protest letter to the council, said: ‘This is a building of historic and cultural interest and should be preserved as such for the local area, for the interested public and for the county.’

Councillors have also raised fears about the ‘financial ambiguities’ of the project and deferred the project.

A report said the insurance costs needed to allow the public access would make the development unviable, it has been said.

The windmill, which dates back to 1879, was previously open to the public, but closed in 2009

Jonathan Creek followed a magician and investigate journalist as they teamed up to solve crimes. Starring Alan Davies and Caroline Quetin, the show ran for nearly 20 years

Locals say the windmill is ‘a building of historic and cultural interest and should be preserved as such for the local area’

The building, which dates back to 1879, was used as one of the locations for the BBC series ‘Jonathan Creek’.

The show starred comedian Alan Davies and ran for 32 episodes – several of which were filmed at the windmill.

It was last open to the public in 2009 after the owner decided not to renew the lease with a local trust, restricting access.

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