Ambitious barn wedding venue gets go-ahead

Richard Shell in one of the outbuildings, which would form part of the new wedding venue.
Richard Shell in one of the outbuildings, which would form part of the new wedding venue.

Plans to transform a barn and farm buildings has been given the green light despite a number of objections.

The construction of an oak timber-framed function room and the associated conversion, refurbishment and alterations to redundant farm buildings were given the nod at last week’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee.

This was in order to host wedding receptions at Doxford Farm.

A local resident speaking in objection said that the plans would disrupt a ‘quiet rural area’.

Members raised concerns about the road to the farm as it ‘may not be suitable’ for large wedding parties using the road.

Coun Trevor Thorne suggested that ‘passing lanes’ should be introduced to allow cars to pull over.

Applicant Richard Shell said: “There is a keen demand for this type of wedding venue and is supported by a number of inquiries we’ve already had.

“Bringing in a new revenue stream would not only allow the farm to prosper, but also support myself and the long-term economic plan.”

The application was passed with an informative.