Public events for people to have their say in Wentworth Woodhouse future plans
Supporters of Wentworth Woodhouse, the Rotherham stately home being saved for the nation, are being urged to step forward and have their say as its long-term future takes shape.
The masterplan which will resurrect the magnificent mansion, its stable block and riding school, is now in its final stages.
A team representing trustees and staff of Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, architects, landscape consultants, quantity surveyors and business planners have been pouring their time into the grand plan over the last six months.
“The process has been a huge and relentless task,” said WWPT CEO Sarah McLeod. “A vast amount of expertise and experience has gone into these plans. We have interviewed numerous stakeholders and have visited some of the finest stately homes in the UK to learn from the experts about what worked for them and what lessons they learned.
“It is essential that the trust finds a sustainable solution for the future of Wentworth Woodhouse and there are a now number of options on the table for consideration. But we want to ensure that the local community is given the opportunity to feed into the planning process.
“Wentworth Woodhouse means so much to so many. People are hugely proud of it and have many happy memories attached to it. We are striving to ensure there are many more memories to be made at this house for years to come and the thoughts and hopes of the public are valuable to us as we go about that massive task.”
The masterplan process was supported by the National Trust and Historic England. Once published later this year, it will set out the trust’s vision for the site.
Public consultation evenings are being staged in the Barn at Wentworth’s Rockingham Arms on June 12 and 14 and everyone who has a passion for the house is urged to attend to air their views.
Each hour-long session will be introduced by WWPT chair Julie Kenny and CEO Sarah McLeod and feature a presentation from planning consultants Tricolor.
Attendees will then have the opportunity to examine architectural plans detailing options for the mansion, riding school and stable block and give their feedback via comment cards. These comments will then be considered as part of the overall decision making process.
Said Sarah McLeod: “We urge as many people as possible to attend the public consultations before we move forward with the decision-making process. What happens here over the coming decades will impact on us all and we want to ensure that the people of Rotherham and South Yorkshire see the positive benefits of regenerating this wonderful national treasure.”
There will be three sessions each evening, at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Booking is essential. Contact 01226 351161 to secure a place, or go to firstname.lastname@example.org