Braunstone Hall wedding venue revamp approved..


 Plans for a multi-million revamp of  Leicester's Historic Braunstone Hall have  been approved. Last night councillors  granted permission for the disused 18th  century stately home in Braunstone Park  to be converted into a 25 room hotel,  conference centre and wedding venue. The Grade II listed building has been abandoned for nearly 20 years after it closed a school and has been often targeted by thieves and vandals. City businessman Naresh Parmar has proposed a £2 million renovation of the main hall, once home to the Winstanley family, and the kitchen block. He also intends to build modern extensions and a cafe open to the public. Leicester City Council owns the hall and has been spending £30,000 a year on the disused property. The council is to put £500,000 into the scheme and lease the hall to Mr Parmar on a 125 year lease. Although the authority's planning committee welcomed the renovation and unanimously voted to approve it, some concerns were outlined. The access to the hall, in the middle of the 168 acre park, will be down the old main driveway from Hinckley Road but there are fears that could lead to cars backing up along the A47 when turning right into the venue. There is a condition that Mr Parmar must agree a scheme to mitigate this before he is allowed to renovate the hall. Braunstone ward councillor Steve Corrall wanted the hall restored to use but added: "It is a park and lots of kids play there. I would like to see a maximum speed limit imposed on the park." He also said he would prefer the access to be from Gooding Avenue. After the meeting Mr Parmar, who has previously restored the City Rooms in Leicester centre and Belgrave House, said: "I'm delighted to get planning permission. I think we can create something with a "wow" factor. "These plans have been eight years in the making and I'd really like to thank my agent David Sturgess who has worked so hard on this." Lee Clarke of the Restore Braunstone Hall Group, has been campaigning for years to get the hall back into use. He said: "I'm over the moon." Mr Parmar said he would like to start work on the restoration by Christmas.

- Written by Leicester Mercury, June 25th, 2015



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The History of Braunstone Park..

The first records of Braunstone are found in the Doomsday Book of 1086..

- WINSTANLEY HOUSE -

Winstanley House is a Grade II listed Wedding Venue and Banqueting Hall..

The History of Braunstone Hall..

Braunstone Hall was built in 1776 for the Winstanley family, lords of the manor..