Morley wedding venue plans submitted
Couples could soon be saying 'I do' at an historic south Norfolk location after plans were submitted to transform part of the site into a wedding venue.
Clarenco PLC, which also trades as Amazing Retreats, has applied to turn an existing agricultural building in the grounds of Old Morley Hall, in Morley St Peter, into a space for private functions.
It is the first in a series of applications expected from the company relating to the changing use of buildings, including a barn and stables, near the Elizabethan hall which can be hired for weekly or weekend retreats.
The plans ask that part of the agricultural building be renovated into a ceremony room, with space for up to 100 guests.
The rest would be turned into a gym with changing facilities, sauna and steam room with an external pool and a spa to be used by hall residents.
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An area in front of the building would become a landscaped arrival point with a turning loop for drop off and collection by car, and a new car parking area with 34 spaces would be provided.
In time, Clarenco hopes also to apply for an adjacent traditional timber barn to be transformed into a wedding reception venue, with toilet and catering facilities to compliment the ceremony room.
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The company claims the proposals will increase commercial activity on the site and benefit local businesses.
The plans said: 'Whilst there will be a small number of permanent staff responsible for maintaining the grounds and buildings it is anticipated that the proposals will generate temporary and contract work directly on the site and indirectly.
'It is expected that events will require around six waiting staff, an event manager, a barman and bottle washer, two chefs and a ceremonies officer.
'Other services which may be required of local businesses who may benefit are taxis, florists, gym instructors and entertainment. There will be two full time and one part time grounds and maintenance staff on the site.'
Comments on the proposals should be sent to South Norfolk Council by February 17.