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Tymperleys planning application meets approval
6:00pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A BID by the owners of Layer Marney Tower to finally reopen Tymperleys has taken a significant step forward.
In June, Nicholas and Sheila Charrington agreed to pay Colchester Council £310,000 for a 125-year lease on what remains of the former home of famous Colcestrian William Gilberd.
Now, two planning bids which would see a modern extension demolished and a new kitchen created has been approved by planning officers at Colchester Council.
Two more applications were submitted last week to create a public reception and tea serving area in the garden.
The Charringtons intend to turn the Grade II*-listed Tymperleys into a cafe and venue for weddings, conferences and heritage events.
The 15th century building, along with a large clock collection, was bequeathed to the town by philanthropist Bernard Mason and later turned into a council-run museum.
After being closed to cut costs in October 2010, the clocks were shipped to nearby Hollytrees Museum and storage and various attempts to find a group to reopen Tymperleys failed.
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