To ensure the successful delivery of the vision it has been agreed that there would need to be a Business Plan produced, which would be approved by Tendring District Council.
The plans for the estate are intended to put the Priory in a position where its long-term conservation has been secured and it is hoped, in time, that these will help tackle the enormous Conservation Deficit that has built up over the last 100 years.
To ensure the successful delivery of this vision it has been agreed that there would need to be a Business Plan produced, which would be approved by Tendring District Council. This will set out how grant funding, the formation of a Trust and commercial ventures (Wedding, Conference, Holiday Homes, Day Visitor Attraction) would be prioritised and any further off site Enabling Development would be the last option for generating funds. It is therefore hoped that through a combination of all these streams of revenue the remaining deficit can be addressed and over the next 10 years' the restoration of the Priory can be completed.
It is essential for these activities to be aligned to produce the optimum result for the irreplaceable heritage assets that comprise this ancient Estate, and make it accessible for the public, who have such a great interest in this remarkable collection of buildings. It is hoped that this Business Plan will assist in allaying fears that any further enabling development will be more than what is required.
These plans and strategies all need to be coordinated and conflicts of uses managed in the short and long term. For example, an exclusive wedding venue requires privacy for the guests, while it is planned there will be significant public access to the visitor attractions; both of which provide important revenue streams that will generate the essential funds for the restoration works.