Plans for an £18m expansion to transform Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa into a "world-class, multi-purpose resort" have been given the green light.
Sefton Council has approved the plans which will see the 76-bedroom property near Liverpool construct a new two-storey golf clubhouse and event space with capacity for 300 guests, extended bar and restaurant facilities, a new reception building, a reconfigured leisure club, a new spa and four lakeside eco-lodges.
Plans for 18 further lodges and a small residential complex are subject to a separate application.
Christopher King, director of CS Hotel Solutions, which owns the property, said: "It has been great to have the support of Sefton Council in considering and approving our plans, and we are grateful that they have been able to share our vision and ambitions for the resort. We are confident that these redevelopment plans will not only reposition the resort as a world-class destination, it will also attract both new business and an increase in tourism to the region as a whole".
Councillor Daren Veidman, Sefton Council's cabinet member for planning and building control, said: "This phase of investment has the potential to significantly enhance the reputation of the Formby resort, build upon Sefton's growing tourism economy and in particular the ‘golf coast' and we look forward to working with them to make these exciting plans a reality."
CS Hotel Solutions acquired the property off a guide price of £20m in 2016 from the Maghull Group. Between 2016 and 2017 the company invested £3m in upgrading the resort.