Wedding venue approved at Derbyshire Georgian Mansion

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For many people who’ve driven up and down Dunston Road in Chesterfield it’s hard to believe that yards away from them is a 17th-century mansion hidden behind a treelined driveway and a set of gates.

Past those gates sits Dunston Hall, which has been a private family home for more than 300-years and boasts its own private garden, Grade II listed barns, fantastically grand rooms, nine bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Now the owners have been granted permission by Chesterfield Borough Council to make changes to the interior of the Hall so it can be used as a holiday let and a wedding venue.

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Plans submitted back in June 2021 call for the conversion of the existing garage building into a space suitable for wedding ceremonies and the creation of a car park close to the gates of the property.

Away from the main Hall itself sits the garage building where work has already been completed in turning it into the wedding ceremony room.

This has included removing the roller doors at the front of the building and replacing them with windows in a timber frame.

The planning application document says the renovations on the main Hall will see the number of bedrooms drop by one with five bedrooms to either be demolished or, as is more likely, changed their use and four bedrooms being proposed to be brought into the building.

It’s planned that a total of five people will be employed at Dunston Hall once all the work is complete, one of which will be a full-time member of staff while four others will be classed as part-time.

The proposal doesn’t indicate any “casual staff” which might be needed during wedding events.

Planners in Chesterfield have given the plans the go-ahead but have included a number of conditions.

These include “the number of guests attending any event shall be limited to no more than 120 at any one time”.

“There shall be no fireworks displays associated with wedding events held at the Hall” and “the number of wedding or similar events taking place at the premises shall be limited to no more than 2 per week taking place on a single day”.

The development work, much of which has already been complete, must also be finished within three years of the date of permission being given.

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