Town and Country Planning

Planning permission and Listed Building Consent obtained for a Grade 1 listed castle

Planning permission and Listed Building Consent has been obtained by HPP on behalf of Luxury Family Hotels (LFH) for an extension and alterations to Thornbury Castle. A fortified castle, built circa 1511, the building was left unfinished after the execution of its creator, Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham in 1521. Since then, Thornbury Castle has hosted a number of noteable guests including King Henry VIII and his then wife, Anne Boleyn, and Mary Tudor. Following the demise of the Duke, the Castle was bought by Thomas Howard whose family remained in possession until the 1960s. The Castle has been used as a hotel since the 1960s until the present day and LFH acquired the site in 2011.

The Castle is significantly environmentally sensitive; A grade 1 listed building situated within a grade II registered park and garden, the subject of a Scheduled Ancient Monument and sited within a Conservation Area. It is one of the most important domestic buildings of the early 16th Century.

The approved scheme comprises 14 additional guest bedrooms in the Kitchen Court, a new spa, swimming pool and sauna room and brasserie restaurant in the Kitchen Garden and a function suite in the West Range. The scheme, which represents the largest new development of the Castle since the 16th Century, has been based on two principal objectives; firstly securing the long term viable future of the hotel business on the site and secondly ensuring that the long term maintenance of the heritage assets are viable and achievable.

Due to the sensitivity of the site, the proposal was accompanied by a number of detailed reports, documents and plans including a business case to demonstrate how level of development proposed will ensure the long term maintenance associated with the Grade I listed heritage asset.

Prior to and throughout the application process, HPP carried out extensive consultation with the Local Authority on matters regarding archaeology, ecology, landscaping and transportation issues. HPP was able to demonstrate that the proposal complied with the relevant policies in the Development Plan and the three dimensions of sustainable development.

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