Planning permission has been secured for a new 73-bedroom hotel and resort, in Bordon, Hampshire, which is to be designed by the architect behind Soho Farmhouse.
The 24-bedroom Headley Park Hotel, which has been closed since 2015, will be refurbished and 14 lakeside lodges and a family holiday cottage, created by Michaelis Boyd, will be built in the grounds. A new barn will also house a restaurant, spa and wellness centre.
Located within a secluded woodland setting just beyond the boundary of the South Downs National Park, the site is owned by Landcorp London, part of Landhold Developments Ltd.
Senior planner at Planning Potential, Grace Mollart, said: "The site is absolutely stunning and provides the perfect setting for a luxurious, considerately-designed rural retreat.
"We've been working with an experienced ecologist to ensure the site will be managed sensitively and enhanced following a number of years of neglect. The narrow footprint of the existing building limits service areas, restricts circulation, and allows limited space and light for the letting rooms.
"Through our planning application, we worked hard to secure an uplift of more than 8,000 sq m of usable floor space, which clearly makes the new development much more attractive and viable."
Dilapidated outbuildings will also be retained and refurbished to provide staff and holiday accommodation.
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