Hol­ly­wood call in Mac­don­ald’s plan for cas­tle

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By Les­lie Jack­son les­lie.jack­son@reach­plc.com

THE owner of a Grade I Staffordshire Moor­lands cas­tle has un­veiled plans to al­low the premises to be used for day visi­tors and com­mer­cial film­ing.

Robin Mac­don­ald has ap­plied to plan­ners at Staffordshire Moor­lands District Coun­cil for per­mis­sion for the scheme at Caver­swall Cas­tle in Blythe Bridge Road, Caver­swall.

A plan­ning and her­itage state­ment by Astill Plan­ning said: “The cas­tle has been oc­cu­pied by the ap­pli­cant and his fam­ily as a sin­gle dwelling house.

“This is not sus­tain­able how­ever for such a large prop­erty. Ve­hi­cle ac­cess to the cas­tle is avail­able via two ex­ist­ing ac­cesses, to the east and the west. To the east of the site are res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties. On the other sides there are open fields.

“The cas­tle has un­der­gone a va­ri­ety of uses over the last 80 years in­clud­ing a con­vent, a school, a nurs­ing home, a ho­tel and hol­i­day let­tings plus events venue.

“The pro­posal is to per­mit day visi­tors at the cas­tle; the owner and his fam­ily; the own­ers guests and day visi­tors, au­tho­rised by the owner, to carry out film­ing for their per­sonal use within the en­vi­rons of the cas­tle and grounds, along with, per­mit­ting com­mer­cial com­pa­nies the use of the cas­tle and en­vi­rons, for tem­po­rary film­ing for a pe­riod not ex­ceed­ing nine months in any 27 months.

“Day visi­tors to the cas­tle will be mem­bers of clubs, so­ci­eties, schools and other groups reg­is­tered with the own­ers (or any man­age­ment com­pany ap­proved by the owner) vis­it­ing the cas­tle dur­ing the day for the pur­pose of ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses and ap­pre­ci­at­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the Grade I her­itage build­ing.

“Day visi­tors will have pre-booked with the owner. Visits will only take place be­tween the hours of 8am and 6pm at the cas­tle.

“Day visi­tors will be al­lowed to take pho­to­graphs or film the cas­tle and grounds for their own per­sonal use.

“It is pro­posed that there should be no re­stric­tions on day visi­tors, such as ap­proved school par­ties or such or­gan­i­sa­tions such as cubs, scouts, guides or his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties, film­ing in the cas­tle or in­te­rior.

“Now that the coun­cil has re­solved, sub­ject to a le­gal agree­ment, to grant plan­ning con­sent for the use of the cas­tle as a ho­tel al­low­ing day visi­tors to come to lunch, drinks, meet­ings or short stays in re­la­tion to this use, the cur­rent re­stric­tions on day visi­tors film­ing seems il­log­i­cal.

“Day visi­tors will be re­stricted to 36 per­sons at one time.

“Ac­cess to the cas­tle in­te­rior and grounds will be re­stricted and su­per­vised to en­sure that there is no dam­age to the his­toric fab­ric. The pro­posed use will have no im­pact on the set­ting of the her­itage as­set.”

It is ex­pected that a de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion will be de­cided by plan­ners within the next 8 to 12 weeks.

Caver­swall Cas­tle.

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