AN AMBITIOUS modernisation project of a Grade II Listed house and wedding venue near Newby Bridge has been given the green light.

Town Head is owned by the Cox family, who bought the property in 2019 as a family home.

They have already upgraded the cottages, annex, and barn to provide a wedding venue facility with accommodation while living in the "main house".

The current plans allow for internal alterations to the main house, along with a "single-storey, landscaped extension, off the northern gable of the west wing, leading out to a private landscaped terrace", as parts of the main house are now being used for the wedding business.

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The statement of need submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority said: "The new extension along with internal alterations to the existing house will allow Mr and Mrs Cox to create a family home with accommodation centred around the kitchen space. 

"They would like to keep the layout of the existing house almost entirely in its original form so that both the main reception rooms and the history and story of the house remain intact.

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"Mr Cox runs his own company, separate from the wedding business, and works predominately from home. 

"He needs a quiet, private office space, separate from the wedding business. 

"The proposal is to form a separate pavilion building at the end of the new terrace, set down into the topography of the land. 

"The pavilion will accommodate a new private office space and a gym."

In terms of the design of the new structures, the statement says: "The proposed new extension, landscaped terraces, covered seating area incorporating WC, store and cellar, standalone building and associated hard and soft landscaping will create a series of pavilion-like structures, which sit into the sloping landscape.

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"The central pavilion is open-sided and supported at the front on slender columns, which gives the appearance of a floating roof canopy.

"The standalone pavilion is almost fully glazed along its principal elevation, with the glazing wrapping around the corners of the building, which will reflect the surrounding landscape, helping to break up the building’s form.

"The three new structures share the same architectural language and should be read together as a cluster of buildings set into the landscape."  

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