Planning and listed building applications are being made by the Rural Solutions Planning team which will see a new and permanent opera house at a country estate in Leicestershire.

The application seeks to create an outstanding, beautiful and permanent theatre for opera which will sit within a Grade II* listed stable block enabling the opera festival to thrive and benefit the local visitor economy.  The existing opera company have also forged close links with schools across the East Midlands and have worked with 1,500 school children to introduce them to opera.

The new auditorium will have an orchestra pit, stage and balcony enabling the acoustics to be significantly improved.  The internal walls of the courtyard will also be uncovered.  The scheme will safeguard 40 full and part time jobs as the length of the opera season can be doubled due to the new building.

Ecology and heritage assessments are underway prior to a planning submission.

Architect – Witherford Watson Mann

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