Government Inspector Approves Wedding Venue In Countryside

Monday, 8 January, 2018

A Government Inspector has given the all-clear for a large house in the Tendring countryside to be used as a wedding venue.

EHG Capital Ltd had been refused planning permission for the scheme for Hieland House in Crow Lane in April last year.

The application – which was rejected by Tendring District Council (TDC) - was also opposed by Tendring Parish Council and objected to by a number of residents.

The company went to appeal in an effort to get the decision overturned and has been successful.

Inspector Michael Boniface has allowed the appeal and granted planning permission with a number of conditions attached.

He felt that the main issue was the effect the proposal would have on the living conditions of neighbours, and in particular Round Cottage, a Grade II Listed property.

“Given the relative infrequency of late night events and the likelihood that daytime activities will involve less noise and disturbance, I do not consider the limited levels of noise would materially harm neighbours’ living conditions,” said Mr Boniface.

However, to help ensure this is the case he demanded automatic door closers on all doors serving the function room.

Only 14 functions per year will be allowed to take place after 7pm and they should end at midnight.

Outside of these normal operating hours will be from 8am to 7pm on Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

Firework displays are to be limited to four each year and these need to start before 11.30pm.

EHG Capital also have to provide details of acoustic fencing which they are to install at the site and any external lighting will need to be agreed by TDC. A noise mitigation strategy is also required and has to be submitted.

It is expected that the venue will accommodate up to 60 guests and a small number of staff at any one time.

In November last year TDC’s Planning Committee agreed the six bedroom property could be used as a beauty spa and for daytime functions.

Last updated on: 09/01/2018 - 08:41