New start for Staley Hall

Date Released - 28/04/2004

Council heads and developers have reached an agreement that could mark the beginning of a new era for Staley Hall.

Plans for restoration of the historic hall, along with the development of new homes, were approved by the Speakers’ Panel on Wednesday.

The ambitious proposals for the Grade II* listed building will restore the 450-year-old hall to its former glory and provide a total of 16, prestigious, new homes and apartments.

The developers – Stayley Developments Limited - have also been given outline planning permission to build in the region of 38 new homes on a plot of land, known as a buffer zone, located between Staley Hall and the Cypress Oaks Mclean homes development.

Work on the new homes can only take place providing a series of conditions imposed by the Council have been met. One of the conditions stipulates that the restoration of Staley Hall and its outbuildings must begin within nine months of the work on the new homes being started.

The developers must also agree that no more than 50 per cent of the new homes in the buffer zone should be occupied prior to the substantial completion of work on Staley Hall.

The restoration work on Staley Hall and its six outbuildings will create eight, four-bedroomed homes, four duplex residencies and four apartments.

Where possible, the restoration will use the existing materials contained in the Hall and its outbuildings, including the timber framework in the Hall, mullion windows and grey slate roof tiles.

Work on the project is now subject to the Listed Building Consent for partial demolition of the hall and outhouses, which was also granted on Wednesday, being referred to Government Office who may 'call in' the application for their approval.

The new proposals for Staley Hall follow years of uncertainty over its future. The Hall, built on the site of a Mediaeval Hall by 16-year-old William Booth in 1550, has been the subject of various planning applications for more than 15 including a hotel and conference centre.

Chair of the Speakers Panel, Councillor Warren Bray, commented: “This new proposal for Staley Hall is the result of many months of negotiations between the Council and the developers.

“The restoration of the Hall has always been at the heart of the negotiations and these proposals should signal the start of a new chapter in its history.

“We look forward to the day when the Hall is fully restored to its former glory.”


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