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North Norfolk District Council is launching a crackdown on derelict buildings. A list of unsightly p

North Norfolk District Council is launching a crackdown on derelict buildings. A list of unsightly properties has been produced with owners being urged to make improvements or make a planning compulsory purchase on the property in question. Sutton Mill in Sutton near Stalham. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A bid to save one of the UK's tallest windmills has been launched, with the aim of keeping the heritage site open for aspiring millers.

North Norfolk District Council is launching a crackdown on derelict buildings. A list of unsightly p

North Norfolk District Council is launching a crackdown on derelict buildings. A list of unsightly properties has been produced with owners being urged to make improvements or make a planning compulsory purchase on the property in question. Sutton Mill in Sutton near Stalham. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The Sutton Mill is due to be sold next month, and a team hoping to create the National Milling and Millwriting Academy have launched a campaign to buy the property themselves.

The National Milling and Millwriting Academy bid needs to raise £150,000 with the help from donors.

A spokesperson for the academy said: 'The National Milling and Millwrighting Academy based at the Sutton Mill Heritage Centre has been founded to safeguard the future of two traditional crafts which are as vital today as they were 150 years ago.'

The Grade II star listed windmill, which closed as a museum in 2008, is in need of renovation and comes with a granary of just over 7000 sqft and is set in approximately 1.85 acres.


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The museum previously welcomed around 20,000 visitors every year.

Jon Cook is one of the directors of the Sutton Mill Project. He is urging bakeries to back the project so that traditional flour can still be provided.

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He said: 'The future is bright for traditional stoneground milling today – more and more people are finding the benefits of local stoneground flour, whether milled in windmills and watermills or on-farm.

'We can take advantage of the renaissance in artisan baking and traditional bakery methods and create fantastic jobs for millers.'

To back the project visit www.suttonmill.org.uk

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