Historic farm near Eastwood to be turned into museum and events space
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Greasley Castle Farm, which dates back to about 1800, is set to be turned into a tearoom, museum, function room and workshops after Broxtowe Council approved the scheme.
The large site on Church Road, near Watnall, is currently home to farm outbuildings and a farmhouse. Some castle remains and a moat are still on the site.
However, the site is currently in a “poor state of repair”, so applicant Fisher German LLP submitted plans to revive the area in 2021.
The plans include turning the existing listed farmhouse into a tearoom and two-bedroom home, intended to be a holiday let.
The traditional barns would be repaired for craft workshops, function rooms and a small museum about the site’s history.
The events space with a bar could be used to host weddings and there could be a farm shop, deli or a florist as part of the retail unit proposed. The workshop space could also include a microbrewery.
One of the buildings will be demolished to create 63 parking spaces.
Coun Lydia Ball, council member for Awsworth, Cossall and Trowell, said: “I have been on the site visit and I was amazed at how big the area was. I am going to support the application.”
Coun Steve Carr said: “I am all in favour of protecting heritage. I don’t think it should be at the expense of buildings deteriorating. We should be welcoming the reuse of buildings such as this.”
The agent on behalf of the applicant, said: “The reuse of the existing listed buildings will introduce uses including tearooms, a museum, function rooms and craft workshops. These will benefit the rural economy and attract business to the area.”
Council documents stated: “The farmhouse is currently underused and in need of repair. The proposed uses will also open the farmhouse to the public while providing a viable use to enable repairs.
“To conclude, the proposal to create a commercial presence at Greasley Castle is justified on the basis of the poor condition of the farmhouse and outbuildings and the need to find a viable new use. It is not considered the proposal will have a negative impact on the significance of the heritage asset.”