Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Henley Festival HQ move approved

THE Henley Festival?s headquarters could be based at the town?s River and Rowing Museum from September.

THE Henley Festival?s headquarters could be based at the town?s River and Rowing Museum from September.

Henley Town Council, the museum?s landlord, has given permission for it to sub-let two ground-floor offices to the festival organisers, who have sold their old premises in Friday Street.

The 440 sq ft space is currently used by administration staff, who would move to a new office on the second floor of the museum?s education centre.

This room has no windows so the museum has asked South Oxfordshire District Council for planning permission to install a row of panes along the southern wall.

Ludo Keston, the museum?s chief executive, suggested the move to the festival?s chief executive Charlotte Geeves last year.

Miss Geeves said: ?We are really, really thrilled that the council supports the idea and has no objections.

?We?re now awaiting the outcome of the museum?s planning application so that we can move things further forward. As long as everything goes well we should be able to move in by September.?

The town council has also approved a long-term plan by the museum to build a decked terrace above the grass area in front of the building and to relocate its café there.

This still requires planning permission from the district council.

If this is granted, the town council will draw up a formal agreement to last until 2093, the year the museum?s current lease expires.

Mr Keston said: ?We still need to look at the practicalities of how this can be achieved and hold more detailed discussions before we even think about submitting a planning application.

?If we decide to go for it we will also need to raise the money as we are a charity and don?t have large amounts just lying around.?

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