A Yorkshire hotel has been given the green light to erect a permanent function room that will be licensed for weddings.
Ashton Hall Hotel, which is located within a Grade-II listed manor house, hopes that the new conversion will bring in around £1m annual revenue for the establishment, through hosting weddings.
The building dates back to 1772 and was converted into a hotel in 1984. It was purchased in May 2012 by its current owners after almost two years in administration.
Now, plans for a partial demolition and expansion of the existing banqueting suite and the erection of a single-storey extension have been granted conditional planning approval by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
In plans prepared by Carl Andrews of Soul Architects, the hotel’s income is said to be heavily dependent on conference and banqueting business, with weddings, functions and conferences driving about 70 per cent of revenues.
With demand for these services buoyant, retention of the business is described as being essential for the future financial security of the hotel.