Live/work plots next to mill

Heckington Windmill. EMN-150304-100807001
Heckington Windmill. EMN-150304-100807001

A planning application to build eight live/work units on land next to the historic Heckington windmill has prompted opposition.

The scheme proposed by landowners Mr and Mrs Martin Pocklington would see eight single-storey ‘barn conversion’ style dwellings with space to run a business from home built behind the windmill complex off Hale Road, Heckington.

At Heckington Parish Council on Monday night, members opposed the scheme warning the village was already at capacity for utilities such as power and sewerage. It was also pointed out that English Heritage would also be very restrictive on impact on the Grade 1 listed building.

Neighbour Denis Gambles, of Millers Way, objected at the meeting, saying: “My view of the mill will completely disappear. I do not consider this development is sympathetic to the mill.”

Jim Bailey of Heckington Windmill Trust told The Standard they were considering their response.

JHG Planning Consultancy of Welbourn has presented the Pocklingtons’ proposals to NKDC and said in their supporting statement: “The layout of the proposed development enables positioning of live/work units of relatively low height (single-storey) within the central and southern areas of the application site. This arrangement avoids undue obstruction of long range views of Heckington Windmill.”

They said the designs suggest a contemporary conversion of historic agricultural buildings and workshops to fit in with the surrounding historic built environment.

NKDC’s Economic Development department said it was concerned the plans could potentially limit the visitor appeal of the mill, citing conflict with neighbours over visitor parking and noise.