Marquee plans approved for Octagon closure

The Octagon at Buxton's Pavilion Gardens.
The Octagon at Buxton's Pavilion Gardens.

Plans to erect a marquee in front of Buxton’s Octagon Hall throughout its closure have been approved.

High Peak Borough Council’s planning committee voted in favour of installing the temporary structure at a meeting on Friday.

The semi-permanent marquee, which is 35 metres long and 16 metres wide, will be erected on the promenade to accommodate events while the hall is closed for repairs.

Concerns were raised that the marquee could potentially make it harder for wheelchair access to pass.

Coun Jean Todd said: “It would act as an obstruction to disabled users [and] does add a little more chaos for wheelchair users, for instance.”

Concerns were also raised about emergency vehicle access.

But the meeting was told that Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue had been consulted and did not have any concerns about access.

The approval has been welcomed by the authority amid news that a popular car auction, hosted by H&H Classics, would take place in Donnington Park, Leicstershire - rather than Buxton.

H&H Classics managing director Simon Hope said of the decision: “We have always had an excellent relationship with Buxton, but... we have to make alternative arrangements.

“What could have been a real problem for us has turned into the most wonderful opportunity with Donington Park, which has a long-established reputation in British motorsport.”

The hall closed its doors on October 12, so significant repairs can be made to the roof of the dome.

It is expected the hall will remain closed for around 15 months.

The rest of the Pavilion Gardens complex will remain open as usual during the repairs to the Octagon Hall, which are expected to cost over £900,000.