Shropshire

Chinese delegates to tour Shrewsbury's flax mill

Ditherington Flax Mill - English Heritage/PA Wire
Image caption The Main Mill, built in 1797, is thought to be the world's first iron-framed building

A delegation of Chinese development experts will tour Shrewsbury's historical flax mill to see how it is being turned into a business space.

Members of China's National Development and Reform Commission will visit the site on Wednesday as part of a European tour.

The Flax Mill Maltings site is made up of seven listed buildings.

The Main Mill, built in 1797, is thought to be the world's first iron-framed building.

Work to restore the site is due to begin in September if funding bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £12.8m and European Regional Development Fund for £6.6m are successful.

Shropshire Council estimates the redevelopment could provide hundreds of jobs.

Last May the Heritage Lottery Fund gave its initial backing for the scheme and awarded it more than £465,000 to develop detailed plans.

It is due to make a final decision on the main bid in July.

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