2016-2018: Conversion and moving inEdit
After swapping houses with Jimmy King, Rakesh Kotecha planned to convert the Mill into two flats, one to live in with his wife Priya and step-daughter Amba and the second to rent out. However, Rakesh ran out of money and, in June 2016, set fire to the house, hoping to on claim the insurance; unaware former resident Nicola King was inside. The Mill exploded and Dan Spencer and Ronnie Hale arrived at the scene and rescued Nicola. Ronnie went back in, believing Rakesh and Priya were inside and he was knocked unconscious. Rakesh and Carly Hope rescued Ronnie. The insurance adjuster Neville Crosby smelt a rat so the insurance company refused to pay out. Mill Cottage was repossessed in October 2016 and sold to Aaron Dingle at auction two months later and he hired Ronnie to do the building work. The first flat was completed in May 2017 and the second flat the following March.
Jessie Grant decided to move to the village in March 2018, moving from her flat in Hotten. She had asked Aaron about the second flat which was going spare, and Aaron allowed her to rent it from him. Following her wedding to Marlon Dingle, Jessie moved out but her son Ellis chose to stay. In February 2019, he invites Pete Barton to live there. However, he didn't stay long and Ellis would himself move out in favour of living with Marlon and Jessie two months later.