A planning application has been submitted to restore the iconic Croxley Green windmill to its former glory.
Last month CroxleyNews reported the windmill could be under threat due to the felling of 30 trees and hedges.
However, the owner has submitted a planning application to restore the Grade II listed building into a family home – its current use.
The application currently only includes plans to remove vegetation from the tower’s exterior walls, repairing brickwork and replacing old and rotten doors and windows.
The plans also state that the owner of the property on Windmill Drive will demolish the existing 1970s extension to replace it with one that compliments the current brickwork.
The owner said in a statement: “I have recently purchased the windmill and the long term plan is to restore the windmill to a modern family home. The windmill has not been lived in for approximately four years and is falling into a state of disrepair and dilapidation, with some very dangerous elements that need immediate attention before winter arrives and the possibility of further damage.
“The windmill has suffered from a lack of maintenance over the years by previous owners. The windmill is going to require a large amount of capital investment and the above is just a start to making elements safe etc.
“The longer term plan is to apply to remove the 1970s extension and add an extension that is more sympathetic to the windmill tower. This will be dealt with under a separate application.
“The repairs and replacing like with like, I believe we are not impacting the special architectural or historic interest of the building. Whilst a couple of the repairs are in the “modern” extension which does carry listed status, we believe the tower is the key historic part that should be repaired sympathetically.”
To view the planning application in full, visit threerivers.gov.uk and search 19/1567/LBC in the ‘Planning Online’ section.