The owner of a listed building in Chesterfield ‘advised’ to amend marriage proposals on website


Derbyshire County Council Business Standards officers have asked Dunston Hall owners to change an ad to make it clear that it is currently not licensed to host weddings.

Company chairman Philip Riden said: “The owner has neither sought nor received permission to change the use of the property, which until a recent sale was a private residence.

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The owners of Dunston Hall have been asked to modify the venue's website.

The owners of Dunston Hall have been asked to modify the site’s website.

“As far as we can establish, Dunston Hall has not been licensed by Derbyshire County Council as a venue for civil weddings.

“Nevertheless, the owner advertises the property as such on a website.”

These claims were dismissed by the owner of the Grade II listed property, David Harrison.

He insists he has gone “above and beyond” to get the corrective clearances for his plans for Dunston Hall.

Mr Harrison wishes to praise Dunston Hall and allow people to once again enjoy its “beautiful interior and gardens”.

“As long as people want to praise it, whether it’s for a wedding, a party or whatever, they can be lord and lady,” he added.

“It hasn’t been seen by the public for 20 to 30 years and I think it will be wonderful.

“We are not Chatsworth, but we hope to become a Chatsworth baby.”

Mr Harrison added: “In most cases, from top to bottom of the country, what we are trying to achieve here does not require any change of status.

“However, we have applied for a listed building permit for the changes and have engaged with various organizations about it.”

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: ‘We have informed the owner of the premises that her advertisement on her website needs to be changed to reflect this, at the moment she is not authorized to perform services of marriage.”

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