Plans for art gallery at Grimsthorpe Castle approved by South Kesteven District Council
A public art gallery and car park for 270 cars will be built at Grimsthorpe Castle to encourage more visitors.
Plans for the modern gallery were unanimously approved on Wednesday by South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee.
The plans also include a new cafe in the Old Stables building, alterations to the Grade II listed Old Coach House to create a new entrance to the Coach House yard and a new shop and meeting space.
The Grade I listed castle is home to Baroness Willoughby de Eresby whose family have lived there since the 16th century.
The proposed gallery will house Lady Willoughby de Eresby’s personal collection of artworks.
Coun Judy Smith (Con) said: “On the day we had our site visit we were given a very detailed and constructive tour of the various buildings all of which would undergo very sensitive alteration to bring them back to life as part of a great new venture into the next era for the castle."
Coun Phil Dilks (Ind) said: “This is an opportunity to be showing in a very modern gallery a significant art collection which possibly has national importance so I really do welcome it.”
Coun Jacky Smith (Con) added: “I have known Lady Jane for quite a long time and we have discussed various projects over the years. She is a very forward-thinking lady. It’s obvious that a lot of her input has gone into this project.
“I am looking forward to seeing it open so that more of the treasures of Grimsthorpe can be put on display.”
Councillors also praised the environmental benefits which will include carbon reduction methods and said the site visit demonstrated the enthusiasm of staff.