Friday, July 8, 2022

News: Wentworth Woodhouse regeneration plans approved


Plans have been approved that cover the next phases of regeneration at Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham.

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust rescued the Grade I listed architectural jewel from decline in 2017.

Rothbiz reported last year on plans for Wentworth's next phases in a programme of mixed-use regeneration, described as the most exciting and challenging heritage project of a generation, that will take up to two decades to deliver and will cost over £130m.

A proposed £5.1m regeneration project is set to provide jobs and training for the hospitality sector at the historic site.

Permission has been granted to convert part of the magnificent stables for use as a production kitchen and another part for a 120 cover café catering for visitors as they arrive and leave Wentworth Woodhouse. A plant room, staff rooms, toilets, office and visitor toilets are proposed in the upper storey.

A main production kitchen will deliver appropriate menus for the proposed café at the Camellia House and the existing kitchen within the mansion, which are both very limited due to size and will work well as satellite kitchens in the future.

As part of another £5m project, the Georgian Camellia House, home to some of the Western World’s oldest camellias, will be rescued and transformed into a cafe which will also serve as an evening events space.

The approved plans covers previously discussed aspects of the Camelia House restoration, plans to demolish a 1970s teaching accommodation block and a create a new 190 space car park and the resurfacing of Mews Court to create a pedestrian entrance to the stables, adjacent to the new car park.

The approval also regularises the opening of the buildings and garden to the public and for various uses such as guided tours, events, exhibitions, educational workshops and TV and movie filming until 2026.

The planning permission comes with a long list of conditions due to the listed status at the site.

Wentworth Woodhouse website

Images: WWPT


Anonymous,  July 8, 2022 at 10:37 AM  

Come October when a huge number of people are going to be forced into fuel poverty, wouldn't money like this (and not just this one, all projects like this) be better spent on keeping people warm, fed and even alive? Priorities need to be sorted.

Anonymous,  July 8, 2022 at 1:52 PM  

It is fantastic to see Wentworth Woodhouse receiving the care and attention it deserves to ensure it is preserved and accessible for future generations. This is a unique building and is destined to become a major tourist attraction for Rotherham.

Anonymous,  July 8, 2022 at 2:35 PM  

I've got mixed feelings on this. Yes, it's great that the preservation trust is bringing Wentworth Woodhouse back to life. It's an important building and one that's oozing with potential. But at the same time, I'm getting a little tired of hearing just how much money they rinsing out of respective tax-payer funded initiatives and schemes.

I can't help but think that if organisations like this, Grimm & Co and the rest of these pet projects which suckle on the teat of RMBC and the other regional and national regeneration funds (again paid for by the tax payer), had their funding removed they would be dead and buried within a week.

And another thing... The Trust didn't "step in to stop it from declining"... It stepped in when the property came up for sale and bought it. If they hadn't, the property would have been developed in a different way, but rest assured I am certain that as a Grade 1 listed building, either with or without the intervention of the trust, Wentworth Woodhouse would still be standing.

I really hate reading badly conceived PR no-stories like this. It's an announcement about a previously announced announcement (the article links to the previous announcement) so nothing really new here, except we've learned that the kitchens which once served banquets for hundreds of guests, kings, barons and earls, today aren't even capable of sustaining one very small cafe.

But on the other hand hurrah! yes! Look at Wentworth Woodhouse getting yet more money! The regeneration is a very exciting thing to be happening and will undoubtedly contribute to generating money to the local economy. However, I'm doubtful if even over the next 20, 30 or even 50 years that the millions of pounds invested in the building will ever be repaid, or indeed whether buildings like this are ever able to fully stand on their own two feet.

Can't wait to see wait it looks like in 20 years when the project is finished, and they're just about ready to start all over again!

Anonymous,  July 8, 2022 at 3:46 PM  

"Grow up" More empathy for brickd and mortar than people, pathetic!

Anonymous,  July 8, 2022 at 4:04 PM  

This is a site to promote positive business news to the business community in the Rotherham area. Why does it attract such bile and negativity in the comments section?

Anonymous,  July 11, 2022 at 12:26 PM  

In answer to the question about why the comments section produces such negativity.

I think anyone with a passing interest in Rotherham can sniff out the rubbish from ten miles away. And rightfully, it gets called out for what it is.

Why? Because the last time I looked, Rothbiz wasn't an extension to the Council's press office function, or indeed a mouth piece to endorse RMBC's current pet projects (I'm not suggesting Wentworth Woodhouse falls into this category)

It does appear, judging by some of the pravda-esque comments I've read that some people in the council are starting to take note of the site. That can only be a good thing in my view. Who knows, they may actually listen!

Rothbiz is a website which provides an important function, one which only shares important business news, but ones which can be good, bad, or indifferent. It's also acts as an independent forum to share and discuss business news about Rotherham. Perhaps one of the reasons why there is such scepticism is that time again big announcements happen, then nothing happens.

Different views are often equally valid. Whether you agree with them or not, but if you want to read some serious bile, then take a look a look at some of the half-baked comments the Advertiser or any news publication receives on social media on a daily basis.

Keep up the good work Rothbiz team. Long may it continue.

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