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Former Spalding courthouse could be new wedding venue

Spalding Magistrates Court could soon become a venue for civil marriages and partnerships if a planning application succeeds.

Owners Oliver and Dorota Sneath have applied for a partial change of use at the one-time Sessions House in Sheep Market.

The couple have asked for the main courtroom and two other rooms, including a restroom, to be considered for change of use status.

This would be the first step in a lengthy process would also include seeking a "grant of approval" from Lincolnshire County Council to hold civil ceremonies in the former courtroom.

A statement from the applicants said: "We are applying for a change of use of part of our residence, the former courtroom, a neighbouring room and a restroom, to be classified for assembly and leisure purposes.

"This is with the intention of applying for the premises to be approved as a venue for civil marriages and partnerships.

"Due to the historical significance of the building, and the incredible architecture of the place, we would like to make the former courtroom available to the public as a venue.

"Our research and feedback suggests that Spalding is lacking a venue of similar grandeur and it would benefit the local community as well."


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