Prince wins bid to cre­ate new wed­ding venue

● Prince Charles’s es­tate to cre­ate struc­ture in woods

The Scotsman - - Front Page - By STU­ART MACDON­ALD

Of­fi­cials have ap­proved plans to build a lux­ury wed­ding venue in the grounds of Prince Charles’s Scot­tish stately home.

Wed­dings are cur­rently held in the Ta­pes­try Room of Dum­fries House near Cum­nock in Ayr­shire. Re­cep­tions take place in a mar­quee erected next to the house, which is thought to de­tract from the char­ac­ter of the his­toric build­ing.

The new venue will be built in sur­round­ing wood­land, with a walled gar­den also be­ing cre­ated, and cater for up to 200 guests.

Prince Charles has been given the green light to build a lux­ury wed­ding venue in the grounds of his Scot­tish stately home.

The state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity is to be built at Dum­fries House near Cum­nock in Ayr­shire to pro­vide high-end wed­ding pack­ages.

Wed­dings are cur­rently held in the Ta­pes­try Room of the his­toric house, with re­cep­tions tak­ing place in a mar­quee erected next to the main house. How­ever, the cur­rent mar­quee is thought to de­tract from the char­ac­ter of the A-listed build­ing, which the heir to the throne helped save for the na­tion.

The new venue struc­ture will be built in sur­round­ing wood­land. It will cater for up to 200 guests and a new walled gar­den is to be cre­ated next to it.

The project will also cre­ate up to 20 new jobs, with the prof­its be­ing rein­vested into char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties at the Dum­fries House es­tate.

Plans were sub­mit­ted to East Ayr­shire Coun­cil in April and were ap­proved last week af­ter no ob­jec­tions were re­ceived.

In a re­port, plan­ners said: “This pro­posal clearly has a high po­ten­tial to de­liver the eco­nomic ben­e­fit orig­i­nally en­vis­aged by the ap­pli­cant for both the Dum­fries House and the wider com­mu­nity through its po­ten­tial to in­crease tourism, se­cure ex­ist­ing jobs and pro­vide new jobs.

“On bal­ance, it is con­sid­ered that the sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fit that could be de­liv­ered by this pro­posal, cou­pled with the prece­dent of built de­vel­op­ment within the es­tate, is suf­fi­cient to al­low this pro­posal to be looked upon favourably.”

The Prince of Wales helped ar­range a £45 mil­lion deal to buy Dum­fries House and its col­lec­tion of Chip­pen­dale fur­ni­ture.

He led a con­sor­tium of char­i­ties and the Scot­tish Gov­ern- ment to make the pur­chase in 2007, with his own char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion con­tribut­ing £20m to the to­tal.

A de­sign state­ment sub­mit­ted by The Prince’s Foun­da­tion to the lo­cal au­thor­ity said: “Event host­ing is vi­tally im­por­tant to the sur­vival of all that goes on within Dum­fries House es­tate and farther afield.

“In­come gen­er­ated by wed­ding and cor­po­rate event host­ing is es­sen­tial to the dayto-day run­ning of the es­tate and the wide range of ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes that run through­out the year.

Prince Charles is also hop­ing to cre­ate a haven for red squir­rels in the grounds of the es­tate.

0 Prince Charles’s foun­da­tion con­trib­uted £20m to the fund to buy Dum­fries House and its Chip­pen­dale fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion in 2007

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