PLANS to combine a former stately home in East Yorkshire with an adjoining garden and visitor facilities have been scrapped.
The Stewarts Trust, which runs the hugely popular Burnaby Hall Gardens and Museum in Pocklington, said that after extensive work over the past three years, they had decided “with great sadness” not to go ahead with a plan to take over Burnaby Hall under the asset transfer proposal from East Yorkshire Council.
The Gardens Trust first approached the council in 2017 to discuss the possibility of taking over Burnby Hall and turning it into a community and heritage center next to the famous gardens.
The council, which currently uses the hall building as social work offices, has agreed to consider transferring the community property, provided it can be proven financially sustainable.
But the trust said this afternoon that following the engagement of a consultant, the creation of a business plan and extensive discussions within the trust and with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, it had been decided not to proceed.
Chairman, Chris Clubley, said: “It has always been a balance of ensuring that any new project, including the hall, never harms the existing gardens and museum, which have been successfully managed by the Stewarts Trust since 1964.
“We have explored all options, considered the cost implications for the Trust and, most recently, considered the potential rise in utility and building maintenance costs, and have unfortunately come to the conclusion that taking the hall as part of our estate will not be viable.”
Mr Clubley said the decision would in no way affect the ongoing operation of Burnaby Hall Gardens and Museum as a visitor attraction in Pocklington.
Responsibility for the hall building remains with the council, which will ultimately decide its future, and the trust says it wishes Pocklington Borough Council and their partners every success in the recently announced working group to examine the viability of retaining the building as a community asset for the town.
Pocklington Town Council has this week established a small working group and would like to hear from all parties interested in setting up a joint working group in the coming weeks regarding potential solutions for the future protection of the building.
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