Neglected Barton Hall conservatory included in hotel proposal

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The refurbishment of Barton Hall will include a makeover for the building’s conservatory if a planning application is successful.

According to the Evening Telegraph, officials at Kettering Borough Council will vote this evening (February 28th) regarding whether the local authority will allow a multi-million pound transformation into a 52-room hotel with wedding, conference and spa facilities.

As well as the repair work on its glass-covered area, which could have conservatory blinds installed to block excessive light, the English Heritage-backed project will see the refurbishment of a number of dilapidated barns and an 18th-century orangery.

Hazelton Group, which already runs nearby Rushton Hall, will buy the Grade-two-listed Barton Hall if the planning application is successful and hopes to open its dining facilities by Easter.

Tom Hazelton, managing director of the Hazelton Group, said: “It’s very positive for the area. It’s a building that has been neglected for many years and we are bringing it back into a sustainable future.”

When the Kettering Borough Council planning committee meets it looks likely to begin its meeting with a prayer, after responding to a recent furore over the religious ritual by pledging to continue doing so despite a formal ban on the practice.

The Press Association explained that the High Court earlier this month ruled that councils cannot formally start meetings with prayers – a long-standing tradition – yet several local authorities have said they will simply do so outside of the official agenda.