Permission granted to restore Halnaker Windmill

Halnaker Windmill has been barricaded off and without its sails for more than a year following vandalism
Halnaker Windmill has been barricaded off and without its sails for more than a year following vandalism

It has stood as a sad and derelict sight on the South Downs’ horizon for more than a year, but now Halnaker Windmill will finally be restored to its former glory.

Work is expected to start early next year to refurbish the Grade II listed building and reinstate the sails which have been missing since early 2015.

Halnaker Windmill is thought to date back to the 1740s

Halnaker Windmill is thought to date back to the 1740s

It was hoped the much-anticipated repair work on the tile-hung façade would take place this summer, but there was a delay in planning approval, and it cannot be undertaken during winter.

This week it was announced that planning permission has now been granted, and Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex county councillor for Chichester North, said: “We are fully committed to restoring Halnaker Windmill to its former glory as soon as possible.”

He added: “I realise that this delay will come as a disappointment, but as soon as conditions allow in spring we shall be ready to start work straight away.

“If the works continue to plan we expect the sails to be refitted during the summer, as originally planned.”

The sails continue to be kept in safe storage and will undergo necessary repair and redecoration before being reinstated.

The refurbishment work is expected to last 14 weeks.

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