Plans for 26 extra holiday lodges at Laceby Manor Golf Club could pave way for new spa and gym
21st August 2017
Plans to more than double the number of holiday lodges at Laceby Manor Golf Club have been submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council.
The proposals, which represent a "significant investment" for the business, would see an additional 26 lodges built at the popular leisure facility on Barton Street.
The extra capacity would also allow for the construction of a spa and gymnasium. Permission for that £1.5 million expansion was granted last year.
Roger Burnett, proprietor of the Laceby Manor Golf Club, said the new development could create more than seven extra jobs.
"Due to the success of the previous application that was granted at Laceby Manor, we have grown tourism in the area and the lodges are pretty much full most of the time, so we need to develop," Mr Burnett said.
"Also we want the gymnasium and spa to go ahead but we currently don't have enough accommodation because we are currently full.
"This final application completes the circle."
Back in May 2011, Mr Burnett, a former British motorcycling champion, bought the Laceby Manor Golf Club site from the Grimsby Institute for an undisclosed sum.
And following a pledge made by Mr Burnett six years ago to develop Laceby Manor into one of the region’s top golf courses, the businessman has done just that, with the leisure facility going from strength to strength by incorporating holiday lodges, as well as a space for weddings and events, into the overall package.
In addition to an 18 hole, par 72 parkland golf course, Laceby Manor is currently home to 22 luxury one and two bedroom lodges.
Mr Burnett said it was essential for golf clubs in North East Lincolnshire to diversify in order to remain viable in a competitive market.
"When the idea first came about, people asked me 'how are you going to rent lodges in Laceby?' And my answer was, 'I actually have no idea.' But we did it and we've proved that with the right setting and the right people and service it can be a huge success," he said.
"Running a golf club is a very expensive thing to do. It costs the same to run a golf club here as it does in Surrey but you probably won't get the same return.
"We are creating jobs and we are helping to put the region on the map by way of tourism. It's not easy to do nowadays because everyone is competing."
He added: "It's been an interesting time and I'm thankful and grateful for the confidence the planning department have shown us in the past to help get the business off the ground."
The plans for the additional 26 lodges will be considered by North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee at their next meeting on Wednesday, August 16 at Grimsby Town Hall.
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