The William Cecil wins appeal to keep marquee

The William Cecil in High Street St Martin's, Stamford
The William Cecil in High Street St Martin's, Stamford

A hotel has won its appeal to keep a marquee in its grounds after coming up with several ways to reduce the noise disturbance to neighbours.

South Kesteven District Council decided not to grant permission for the marquee at The William Cecil in High Street St Martin’s, Stamford, in July 2012.

The council refused the application because of the impact the structure could have on neighbours.

But the hotel appealed and this week a planning inspector overturned the decision and awarded retrospective planning permission.

One of the inspector’s reasons for granting permission was a proposal by the hotel to use background music in the marquee, with live bands and DJs playing in the hotel building itself.

Music in the marquee would stop at 9pm Monday to Saturday and 8pm on Sundays.

The William Cecil is owned by Hillbrooke Hotels. Managing director Christophe Brooke said: “We are pleased with the way in which we were able to collaborate with local residents and that together we were able to propose a mutually satisfactory solution to the planning inspector.”

He added: “We remain fully committed to ensuring events at The William Cecil operate without disturbance in future and will naturally adhere to the conditions that form part of the planning permission.”

Several conditions were added to the hotel’s premises licence in August, including the installation of a £14,000 acoustic barrier.

A marquee has been on the site since 1984 but the number of late-night events increased after it was replaced with a new structure in June 2011.

Many of the 15 noise complaints made since then came from boarders at Stamford High School’s Park House, which lies 33ft away.

School principal Stephen Roberts said: “I am delighted that this matter has now been resolved and, so long as these conditions are complied with, there should be no further nuisance from the marquee.”