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Planning application submitted for new meditation hall at Tara Buddhist Centre.

A planning application has been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council for a new Meditation Hall at the Grade II listed Ashe Hall in Etwall on behalf of the Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre.

Matthew Montague Architects have designed a new Tara Meditation Hall that can be used for a variety of teaching and meditation practices. A simple, light and airy space which can be opened up to the surrounding landscape.

Ashe Hall was built in 1869, it was a family home until it became a boarding school for boys in 1920. The hall was used as a World War II Red Cross hospital and then passed to local government ownership and operated as a special school until it was purchased by The Tara Buddhist Centre in 1996.

Since then then it has operated as the Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre. The main hall comprises residential accommodation and teaching spaces for the practice of Kadampa Buddhism, with the courtyard buildings being ancillary teaching accommodation and a World Peace Café, that is open to all. Beyond this are detached staff houses.

The centre had a meditation hall for many years, it was a pre-fabricated structure however it fell into a state of disrepair and was eventually condemned as a health risk and was demolished in the late 1990’s.

The new Hall will comfortably accommodate 250 people and will be a focal point for the thousands of visitors from across the who use it for classes, retreats and national Buddhist celebrations every year.

If planning permission is granted the new centre will be a modern building that retains the essential meaningful ordainment's and aspects that make a holy place within the Buddhist Kadampa tradition coupled with the specified use of robust materials with a long-life cycle both from a maintenance and sustainability perspective.

Matthew Montague Architects | Residential Architects | Derby | Shedley Manor
Former La Gondola Hotel & Restaurtant, Osmaston Road, Derby  in a state of disrepair.

If you would like to contact us please call Matthew Montague on 01335 330510 or email


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