Casebook: Appeal Cases - Leisure and entertainment - Visitor facilities judged sympathetic to castle

A proposal for additional visitor facilities at Sizergh Castle, a grade I listed building in Cumbria, has been sanctioned on the basis that they would help in the upkeep of the building and its grounds.

The inspector agreed that the facilities were an appropriate and essential addition to the attraction. They would help to direct visitors around the castle and grounds and provide improved refreshment facilities, toilets and a shop, he concluded.

He favoured a design in which the walls of the building would be clad with untreated sawn larch boarding with anthracite-coloured fibre cement sheeting, since these would weather and would be appropriate to the setting. An alternative design involving stone and slate would provide a visually more substantial structure that would detract from the historic interest of the castle, he decided.

DCS No: 32199898; Inspector: Richard Thomas; Hearing.

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