Council rubber-stamps Tatton Park investment

Cheshire East Council is to invest £1.55m in the refurbishment of the stableyard area of visitor attraction Tatton Park.

The 1,000-acre park near Knutsford is described by the council as the “jewel in the crown” of the borough’s cultural heritage and leisure offer, and the council’s cabinet has now approved this next step in the Tatton Vision investment programme.

The wider programme also includes a new visitor arrival building, which is currently under construction. Benefits for visitors will include improved access and landscaping, new toilet facilities, additional events space and a facility for seasonal activities such as theatre, outdoor markets and exhibitions.

Cheshire East said that the stableyard serves as a focal point for many of the 800,000 visitors the park receives each year. Purcell Architects has been commissioned to develop initial designs for the scheme.

The local authority manages the park on behalf of the National Trust, which has approved the plans.

Cllr Nick Mannion, Cheshire East’s cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “The borough is extremely fortunate to have an award-winning visitor destination such as Tatton Park and it is vitally important that we continue to invest in this facility and build on the current visitor offer.

“The park plays an important role in the life of Cheshire East, making an important contribution to the visitor economy, while offering conservation and environmental benefits alongside educational, cultural and commercial objectives.”

Plans for the phased improvements to the park were first approved in principle by the council in June 2016, with planning permission granted the following year.

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Inside or covered space for dog walkers would be very useful and welcoming. As lots and lots of visitors have dogs but can’t get a rest and a coffee etc if raining?

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