On the 26th March 2015, 14 months after we first started the application process, we were granted full planning for our plans to progress forwards as a wedding venue on 20 occasions in a calender year! This has been a long, painful and arduous journey, with some incredibly personal and nasty objections being put forwards by several of our neighbours.
The council hearing includes a time for objectors, supporters, and the applicants to all have 2 minutes to speak, and effectively plead their case with the Councillors. Listening to the comments of the objectors, followed by their cheering, hooting and enthusiastic applause (behaviour like this is really frowned upon in such a hearing) was a tough moment, which left me quaking in my boots a little before making a prepared speech which the family had all read and approved beforehand.
The next step in the process is for the Councillors to debate the application, they can comment, ask questions, and also voice their own opinions. The whole process is controlled by the Chairperson, and all comments can be heard by the public.
The comments began and personally I felt it could have gone either way, with a lot of questions focused around cars, traffic and parking, however within a few minutes it became clear that they were largely in favour of our plans.
The point then came for the Councillors to raise their hand, in support, or against the application, thus deciding our fate! The call came for 'all those in favour'.... and would you believe it, every single hand went up in support of our application, we were successful with a unanimous vote by the local Councillors.
What a moment, followed by much hugging (yes a few tears) and several bottles to celebrate our success - when you have worked so hard and so long on one single project it really is important to take the time out to celebrate these key moments.
Onwards and upwards we now charge, with a civil ceremony licence application, and a premises alcohol application both top of the list!
Thank you to the photographers whose photos have been featured, we love their work! Emma Moore Photography, Gyan Gurung Photography, Graham Warrellow, Helen Power Photography, Joanna Cleeve Photography, Julia Conway Photography, Kate Gary Photography, LaHu Studios, Lemontree Photography, Lydia Stamps Photography, Mia Photography, Peter Dyer Photography Ltd, Tansley Photography, Teresa C Photography, The Springles, This and That Photography.