Wentworth Woodhouse gallops forward with plans for stables

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A planning request has been submitted which includes the next phase of work involving the transformation of 8,600 square feet of space at the Wentworth Woodhouse stables in Rotherham.

Rothbiz reported last month on a £ 5.1million regeneration project that is expected to provide jobs and training for the hospitality industry at the historic site.

The Wentworth project was part of successful tenders for government leveling funds and the redevelopment of a major section of the long-abandoned stable block, the largest in the country when it was built in the late 1700s , can now begin.

The plans show how the Preservation Trust, which owns the stately home, will convert the southern end of the western chain of stables and the western section of the southern chain of stables for use as a production kitchen. It is also proposed to convert the southern section of the West Row Stables into a 120 seat cafe that can accommodate visitors upon arrival and departure from Wentworth Woodhouse. A technical room, rooms for staff, toilets, an office and guest toilets are available on the upper floor.

The work is part of a £ 150million master plan for the Grade I listed mansion, launched in 2018, which aims to breathe new life into the redundant buildings on the 83-acre site.

A main production kitchen will provide appropriate menus for the cafe on offer at the Camellia house and the existing kitchen in the mansion, both of which are very limited due to their size and will work well as satellite kitchens in the future.

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The plans, drawn up by ACER Planning, state: “The restaurant and hotel sector has experienced a huge decline in the available workforce, and we want to work in partnership with local schools and colleges to ensure that we offer professional training opportunities on site. . The kitchens should be used as a focal point for hotel and restaurant training, so that as the site grows in the future a suitably trained workforce is already built up. This also applies to the cafe which will be used as an establishment training venue, especially by those in our community who wish to seek work and are from diverse backgrounds, including people with disabilities.

“While in the short term the cafe will be used to provide a service to existing visitors to the site on arrival or departure (as it is located near the parking lot), in the future it will be more used, as the d other buildings in the stables are being regenerated and more visitors are coming to the site. As such, the kitchens need to be of a size capable of supporting this growth and The Trust wants to make sure they already have a workforce. fully formed work in place for subsequent stages of the masterplan are carried out. “

The facilities offered at the Maison du Camélia and in the Stables Kitchen and Café are intended to serve existing visitors and those who are expected to visit the site within the next three years or until new developments are put into use. .

Also included in the plans are the previously discussed aspects of the restoration of Camelia House, plans for the demolition of a 1970s housing block for teachers and the creation of a new 190-space parking lot, and plans for regularization of the opening of buildings and the garden to the public and to various uses such as guided tours, events, exhibitions, educational workshops and television and film shoots.

The latest plans also include the resurfacing of Mews Court to create a pedestrian entrance to the stables, adjacent to the new car park.

Future proposals for the rest of the stables include event space in the equestrian center and residential units.

Wentworth Woodhouse website

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