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Peter Heywood (of Holmes Chapel’s The Vicarage) has submitted a planning application to change the use of Brereton Hall from a private home into a wedding/conference centre with 12 bedroom hotel. The proposals also involve constructing a new access road.
Brereton Hall, which was built as a family home by Sir William Brereton in around 1585, was used as a girl’s boarding school in the 20th century until 1993 when it reverted back to being a private residence. Approval was granted to use the site for functions, luncheons, afternoon teas, and dinners in 1997.
The country house, which spans four floors, features 12 bedrooms, a kitchen, a games room, a drawing room, a dining room, offices and a reception hall. It is currently accessed through a narrow but historic archway and gatehouse.
The historic archway and gatehouse
It is proposed to convert Brereton Hall into a 12-bedroom hotel and create a new access road directly off the A50, which includes building a bridge over the River Croco with a traditional finish of brick and stone that matches the materials of the country house. This would enable guests to still view the building’s imposing front elevation for some distance along the drive as they approach.
The design and access statement prepared by Cheshire Planning Solutions on behalf of Heywood says: “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.”
Cheshire East Council has set a target decision date for the proposals of 29 January 2018.
Aerial view of Brereton Hall