Expansion plans for Fenland golf and country park will create 12 jobs
A golf and country park is looking to expand in what it says is the fourth phase of its development, bringing with it the creation of up to 12 new jobs.
Tydd St Giles Golf and Countrypark has applied for planning permission to add a further 51 holiday lodges to its site, which currently has around 130 park homes on site, as well as a swimming pool, steam room, sauna and fitness suite.
The application to Fenland District Council includes a design and access statement drawn up by Plandescil Consulting Engineers.
The statement explains the aim is to build a further 51 lodge homes along with a bird hide and landscaping that includes a new lake.
It says the proposals are part of the fourth phase of the overall leisure estate development.
The site site has been owned by Pure Leisure Group since 2008 - the firm operates 19 holiday lodge and caravan parks in the North West, Wales, Yorkshire and East Anglia.
Pure Leisure are looking to extend their site, says the statement, "due to the high demand for holiday lodges arising from the staycation effect in 2020/21".
Golf, it says, has also become popular and the expansion will allow the existing 18 hole golf course to be remodelled to provide a "better experience".
Access to the new lodges, which will also have parking, will be via a new access road that connects to the existing entrance to the site.
The statement says: "It is envisaged that the proposed expansion will initially employ 20 sub-contractors to help with the development of Phase 4. Following this, the Applicant hopes to employ an additional 12 members of staff, from the local area, to assist at the site. This will provide a positive benefit to the tourism economy in the area."
It adds that the phase 4 site area will be 4.59 hectares and the lodges will be "luxury holiday homes" that vary in design with a mixture of two and three bedrooms Each will have a private external verandah/patio area and parking, as well as a kitchen, lounge area and bathroom.
The bird hide will be located so it offers views over the existing lakes and surrounding undeveloped land.
The statement continues: "The proposed site will have significant landscape and screen planting that forms a
continuation of the scheme from previous phases. The existing site has been significantly planted over the years and many young trees screen and shelter the various parts and functions of the site.
"The lodges will be distributed around the site with minimal disruption to the existing golf course, and planting/landscaping as needed will be provided to maintain the natural feel of the area and provide screening.
The planning application (ref: F/YR22/0368/F) can be found on Fenland District's planning portal here.