Scalford Hall given green light to keep garden marquee

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Retrospective proposals to erect a garden marquee at Scalford Hall have been approved subject to conditions.

Scalford Hall had already built the marquee as it wanted to provide more space for luxury weddings in the grounds of the hotel.

But Scalford Parish Council had raised concerns including the potential increase in noise late into evenings, parking arrangements, site access and additional traffic.

The planning application was heard by Melton Council’s planning committee on Thursday.

Scalford Hall general manager Peter Watkins, speaking on behalf of the applicant Colin Warburg, said: “The hotel already caters for weddings and balls in the main hall which has a licence until 2am so we don’t foresee any complaints about noise.

“We also have an agreement with the care home to use their car park as an overflow for events to avoid parking issues.”

Councillor Elaine Holmes was concerned the site entrance needed to be considerably wider for traffic and recommended a deferral on a decision until the committee knew exactly what was happening with the parking arrangements.

After about half-an-hour of debate the planning committee approved the application subject to conditions which were that; No events of more than 50 people shall be held inside of the hotel while an event is taking place in marquee, additional car and coach parking and coach turning areas to be provided before the first event takes place, the widening of the site’s main access point and a satisfactory noise assessment being carried out.