Brereton Hall conversion application lodged | Knutsford Times

Brereton Hall conversion application lodged

By on December 18, 2017

Grade I listed Brereton Hall is earmarked for conversion into a hotel following an application submitted to Cheshire East Council.

Previously used as a school and residence used for functions and events, the four storey building’s plans include access improvements from the A50 including a bridge over the River Croco.

The application was submitted by Peter Heywood, who said in the application:

“As a Grade I listed building, Brereton Hall is of significant historic and architectural importance. It is crucial that such valuable heritage assets are retained and maintained for future generations.

“Sadly, due to the costs involved there are few people that can afford to purchase an estate of this scale for use as a private dwelling. Brereton Hall has been marketed for sale as a private residence for a number of years, without success.

“It is the intention of the applicant to revert the use of the building to a commercial use, in order to secure the future of the building.

“By the use of sympathetic materials and complementary design it is believed that the resultant driveway will be of high quality, will sit seamlessly in the landscape and will not detract from the surrounding landscape features or listed building.

“Apart from small sections of hedge, none of the existing hedges or trees are proposed to be removed.

“It is not felt that the change of use of the Hall to a hotel use would in any way be detrimental to the character and appearance of the site or local environment.”

Comments can be submitted to the council until 4 January 2018 with a decision likely to be made by the end of January.

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