Restoration plans continue for Sewerby Hall

Sewerby Hall.
Sewerby Hall.

AN application for listed building consent to alter the laundry and 
stable blocks at Sewerby Hall is set to be referred to the Secretary of State for approval.

The application for listed building consent for minor alterations to Sewerby Hall’s outbuildings, including the laundry and stable blocks, has been submitted to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for consideration.

The application is part of a planned £2.6m restoration of Sewerby Hall which is designed to transform the interiors of the Grade I listed stately home.

A previous application for alterations to Sewerby Hall was presented to its eastern area planning sub-committee back in February.

The committee decided to refer the application to the Secretary of State, who granted Listed Building Consent on March 14, subject to planning conditions.

This latest application seeks to carry out additional minor alterations to facilitate the accommodation provided by the Grade II listed old laundry block and stables, including a new reception to provide controlled access to the zoo.

The planned alterations to the laundry block include floor strengthening on the second floor, part demolition and repairs to the chimney and chimney breast in one of the education room, changes to the appearance of the windows on the rear elevation at ground floor level, remedial works to the roof eaves, parapet and abutments to ensure the building is watertight and weather proof.

Alterations to the stable block would include the installation of a new timber staircase to provide a safe escape, removal of the existing chimney breast that projects over the staircase to remove any hazard of collision, installing a new door to the proposed changing places room to improve disabled access, and internal works to the toilets.

A new zoo reception is also proposed to a part of the stable block that adjoins the existing zoo, to provide controlled access to the zoo after the external pay kiosk is removed.

In a report submitted to the committee ahead of next Monday’s meeting at County Hall, the council states that English Heritage has been consulted on the renovation project as outlined in the original application.

And advice on the proposed additional alterations had been sought from the conservation officer at the Local Authority Planning and Development Control, who have not expressed any objection.

The application has been supported by the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire and has not attracted any comment from key organisations in the community including the Bridlington and District Civic Society or Bridlington Town Council.

“The proposed alterations and refurbishments will assist in improving access and egress to the buildings, accommodate internal arrangements and to ensure that the buildings remain weather tight,” the report concludes.