Council officers have said ‘yes’ to plans to transform a derelict stone barn near Grantham into a venue for weddings and other events.
The Meadows Barns, at Wyville, part of the Hanger-on Estate, will see the barn renovated and a new contemporary barn-like building created which will be able to host a maximum of 120 guests.
Documents to South Kesteven District Council’s planning officers describe how the barn has only been used sporadically since the 1970s when the farm it was part of was demolished.
It comes as a part of heritage work by the estate’s owners who are working with Natural England, English Heritage, HMRC and Lincolnshire County Council.
In the documents the owners say they want to ‘protect and maintain this special corner of Lincolnshire.
“This appreciation for the site drives our vision for sustainable and sympathetic developments, which will generate new and ongoing revenue streams essential for the long-term viability of the Hungerton Estate,” they said.
The documents say the plans will ‘breathe new life’ into the area, creating three full-time staff initially and potentially growing to the equivalent of five full-time equivalent jobs.
There will also be a 75-space car park created.
The developers boast the creation of opportunities for local businesses including catering, florists, photographers and taxi companies as well as hotels and guest-houses.
“We assert that the Meadow at Wyville will attract a significant number of visitors to the region, employ and train a number of permanent and casual staff, ensure the longevity of a currently derelict stone barn, bring a much-needed diversification strand to the Hungerton Estate, and contribute positively to the local tourism industry.”
Officers, approving through delegated powers, said they believed the proposal ‘would make a positive contribution to the rural economy’.
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