Mr & Mrs Kershaw’s new application for their Grade ll listed Blackden Manor seeks to create a separate wedding venue with 10 bedrooms as well as a large extension to the main house. (For info their other interests include The Colony Group – including luxurious office space/wedding venue etc near the airport)
Link to planning page for details: 19/2427C. Comments are due by 27th June – to be decided by delegated authority rather than committee.
The Grade ll manor house, to the east of the railway station, is currently being renovated/modernised. This latest application points to the costs being offset by revenue generated from the creation of a separate wedding venue from the Grade ll cottage and adjacent farm building with glass extension: “…The goal of the owners is to preserve the long term future of the estate but this cannot be at any cost. Consequently, the current proposals involve the renovation and extension of the listed farm building and East farm buildings to provide a wedding venue. This will then allow revue (sic) to be generated to fund the renovation of the ancillary buildings and fund the shortfall to the renovation and upkeep of the main house and surrounding estate.” Design & Access Statement 19/2427C.
The 2 outbuildings’ layouts suggest one for ceremonies and one for receptions (showing over 100 guests) and providing 10 bedrooms, although car parking doesn’t appear on the drawings.
Surely such a venture could lead to on-going noise and traffic issues locally, however no neighbours are being notified by CEC about the application! Jodrell Bank Observatory are, of course, listed as a consultee.
Manor house extension
The Grade ll manor house is already a sizeable 7 bedroomed building but a very large glass extension is now proposed to the rear of the main house. “The current owners have acquired the estate with the intention of making it a family home. This involves extensive restoration to the existing buildings and estate in order to extend its life and make it suitable for use as a home to cater for the ongoing needs of their family and to ensure it reaches the standards expected of the size and stature of the house and estate. ……..an extension is required to create a plan that works for the family…”
Recent alterations/renovations were approved on application 19/1324C.