19 October 2011
Last updated at 14:23
English Heritage has named 129 listed buildings in the East Midlands on its 2011 "at risk" register. The list includes the former Bass Maltings in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, which is listed as one of the region's priority sites.
The Bass Maltings in Sleaford has stood largely empty for 50 years - but earlier this year plans were approved by North Kesteven District Council to turn the six-storey Victorian building into shops, office space and more than 220 apartments and houses.
The list of industrial heritage sites at risk in the East Midlands includes Sneath's Mill in Lincolnshire. It is the oldest complete tower mill in the county, dating back to 1779. In 2007 the Sneath's Mill Trust was set with the aim of securing the building's future. Plans include opening the building as an exhibition and workshop centre for traditional rural crafts.
For the first time in 2011 English Heritage has included a list of priority sites in the East Midlands that it says it will focus its resources towards. The list includes Darley Abbey Mills, in Derby, which has already benefited from a £900,000 cash boost from the city council in 2010 to renovate the site, which is next to the River Derwent.
In Leicestershire, Snibston Colliery is also included on the list of industrial heritage sites at risk. English Heritage said the colliery was of "exceptional heritage significance" but was in poor condition and at high risk of further damage.
Derbyshire has the largest number of industrial sites named on the at risk list, with a total of 16 buildings including Belper Mill in Amber Valley, which was built in 1804 by William Strutt as an iron-framed, cotton spinning mill.
One industrial site on the list to benefit from investment is Pleasley Colliery near Mansfield. Work to restore the site started in 2009 and was funded by a grant from the East Midlands Development Agency.
English Heritage said that Pleasley Colliery's restoration was a "great example" of how to preserve the rich industrial history of the region.
The North Leverton Windmill, which dates back to 1813, is listed as a good example of local private subscription by English Heritage. The mill was awarded a grant in 2010.