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Five-year marquee ruled out for historic stable-yard

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Monday 15 December 2008

15 December 2008

Five-year marquee ruled out for historic stable-yard

An application to put a wedding marquee in the stable-yard of a stately home has been turned down by the Peak District National Park Authority.

The National Trust, which owns Lyme Park, near Disley, Stockport, had applied for a marquee large enough for 120 guests, for a temporary period of five years, in the courtyard of its 19th-century stable block.

The charity’s aim was to raise money to maintain the Grade 2 listed building, currently used for a workshop and offices.

But the National Park Authority rejected the marquee because it would be out of keeping with the historic setting, and it would create a new business in the open countryside. The Authority’s policy is for new non-farm supporting businesses to be kept within towns or villages.

Members also felt that five years could not count as temporary, and better ways should be explored to generate funds for upkeep by using the stable block itself.

Authority chair Narendra Bajaria said: “We believe a vinyl, cream-coloured marquee would be completely out of keeping with a gritstone, slate-roofed Victorian building.  It would also block views of a fine inner façade and detract from the building’s special character.  

“In cases like this, where maintenance funds need to be generated, the Authority’s policy, supported by guidance from English Heritage, is to try to find good uses for the traditional building which respects its historic features. We will work with the National Trust to try to find a solution to this problem.”

The stable block is in the grounds of the Grade 1 listed Lyme Hall, used as a setting for the BBC’s production of “Pride and Prejudice” in 1995. Its extensive park is famous for its herds of red and fallow deer.

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