Abbey Mill Survey

 Abbey Mill - Preservation or Demolition?


Abbey Mill was built in 1862.  For 40 years it was run by several millers, two of whom, John Hague and John Edwards were also brewers.  The Duke family took over the mill in 1902 and ran the business there until transferring it to the old brewery site in Lower Lane.  Abbey Mill was then used for offices until it was sold for redevelopment in 2005 to Barrett’s for housing and then, in 2008, to Sainsbury’s for a superstore.  The approved plan incorporated Abbey Mill as a focal point of the proposed development to be an entrance-way, offices and apartments.

Sainsbury’s has now put up the site for sale.  The mill is not a listed building and there is no guarantee that a future owner will keep it intact.

Many local people would like to see the Mill preserved as part of the Victorian heritage of Bishop’s Waltham.  However the building is deteriorating rapidly and only a feasibility study will determine the best use for a preserved building that would be acceptable in planning terms, and economically viable.  Alternatively, the Mill could be demolished to make way for new residential developments, commercial properties or community assets.

The Parish Council has resolved to sponsor a public survey into the future of the Abbey Mill and to share the results with any interested parties.  Survey forms have been delivered to all households and an on-line survey is now running during September.  A report will be prepared and, depending upon the outcome, it will be held ready for the Parish Council to offer to the new owners of the Abbey Mill site to initiate discussions on the future of the Mill.

This survey has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part in it. Please click here for the results of the survey.

 The full list of responses can be found here.