The original mill at Long Stratton dates back to 1836 and is one of many that can be seen across the Norfolk landscape. Most mills are no longer in commercial use and some have been converted into residential properties.
For several decades the site known as Leeders Mill has held planning permission for “feed milling”. However, the existing mill buildings have not been operational for several years.
Proposals to redevelop the site were put forward in 2020, including the demolition of some existing buildings. This would allow the construction of a new grain processing building, together with associated plant and infrastructure. The result would enable the revitalisation of the business.
Leeders Mill stands in a rural location with relatively few residents in close proximity. However, there are some dwellings located within 100 metres. It was necessary to ensure that these residents would be protected from unreasonable levels of plant and operational noise if the business was to function once more. At the same time, consideration needed to be given to the site context and its long-established use for milling.
We were appointed to assess the noise impact of the new grain processing building and liaised closely with the Local Planning Authority. Planning permission was ultimately reliant on our report.
In September 2020 planning permission was granted with no noise-related conditions. It is expected that work on re-establishing the business will commence soon.
Client : Peddars Holdings Ltd
Agent : Durrants
Photo credits : AJA