Decision on Belloc’s Windmill Deferred

Two days ago, I wrote (here) that Horsham District Council had given its qualified permission to Charles Eustace, Hilaire Belloc’s great-grandson, for the conversion of his windmill into a dwelling.

However, I have just discovered that at its meeting on 1st December, the council DEFERRED its decision on the planning application. You can read about what happened in this West Sussex County Times report.

After reading the report, I wondered how I managed to get the facts wrong. I think I mistook the Planning Committee’s Report (here) for the Council’s decision. Mea Culpa: I should have known better – especially since the report is titled ‘Planning Committee Report’! So, apologies to anyone who was misled.

In light of the above, what to do about my my previous post? Delete it? No. I would like this blog to be an account of my journey with Hilaire Belloc. If I get something right about him – brilliant. If I get something wrong – I will write a correction rather than delete and pretend it never happened. This, of course, applies to matters relating to Belloc as well, such as in this case.

Once I have published this post, therefore, I will just update the previous post so that anyone who reads it will know that it isn’t correct and may come here for an explanation.

Belloc’s Windmill to be Converted into a Home

UPDATE (3.12.20)
The information below is not correct – Horsham District Council deferred it’s decision. For more information, see my post here

A few days ago, the West Sussex County Times reported local ‘anger’ over plans by Hilaire Belloc’s grandson [sic], who lives at the author’s Kingsland home, to convert the windmill there into a two bedroom house. You can read the report here.

The decision on whether or not to grant planning permission was put before Horsham District Council yesterday, and by the looks of this report it has been granted – on condition that financing ‘for the ongoing maintenance of the windmill’ is obtained within the next three months.

By way of a correction, I believe that Charles Eustace, referred to in the West Sussex County Times report as Belloc’s grandson is actually his great-grandson.

My interest in Hilaire Belloc is principally in his life and times so I don’t have an opinion on whether or not Kingsland’s windmill should be kept in its original state or converted. I do hope, however, that if it is turned into a home, as much as possible of its original character will be maintained.