Ambitious 70-bed hotel and retirement homes planned to be built next to golf club
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Sep 2017
Ambitious plans for a 70-bed hotel and retirement homes have been revealed for land at Cottingham Parks.
The proposals, which include improvements to Cottingham Parks Golf and Leisure Club's facilities and clubhouse, have been unveiled at a two-day public exhibition.
Developed by Cottingham Parks with support from Hull-based Sewell Group, the proposals are said to be at an early stage.
Public feedback is now being sought to further shape the scheme.
The farmland site has seen development over the last 27 years including an equestrian centre, golf course, leisure club and holiday lodges.
This latest investment would help sustain the golf and leisure facilities, protecting the existing 60 jobs and creating further employment.
People had a first look at the Cottingham Parks proposals at a two-day exhibition (Image: Peter Harbour)
The Wiles family, who own Cottingham Parks, say in a statement: “Over the years, Cottingham Parks has evolved as a family business and grown from farm land to include two 18-hole golf courses, leisure club, equestrian centre and holiday lodges.
“Whilst the current business remains successful, we are always looking ahead to the future and the next natural progression is to add a hotel to complement the existing facilities whilst ensuring ongoing sustainability.
“The demand for a hotel is well documented and it will enable us to make better use of our existing complementary assets by catering for a range of guests including weddings, corporate guests, and golf and leisure breaks.
“This project will need significant capital investment and we’ve considered various funding options to make it possible.
"After a lot of consideration and research, we’ve also identified there is a need for retirement properties in the area and propose to develop an area of land adjoining the club to create a retirement living community which will help cross subsidise the scheme.
“This is likely to include a mix of apartments and bungalows and is a significantly different offer to the general housing market, as it is specifically targeted at older people. It is an attractive site to live on with all of the other facilities on the doorstep.
The land earmarked for development at the Cottingham Parks site
“The development proposals will not only add new facilities to Cottingham Parks, they will also include improvements to the existing golf and leisure facilities.”
This is the first round of public consultation for people to find out more about the initial ideas and share their thoughts.
Feedback will be used to help shape the illustrative proposals further and another round of consultation will take place later in the year to present a more detailed set of ideas.
Visitors to the exhibition were told market research shows there is demand in the area for an upper three star/lower four star hotel of up to 70 bedrooms.
A hotel is considered to be a natural next step in the growth of the leisure offer at Cottingham Parks, enabling it to fulfil its full potential as a venue for events from conferences to weddings.
It is likely hotel guests would include mid-week corporate and golf-related visitors, along with private leisure guests and wedding parties at weekends. The occupiers of the retirement homes would also benefit from access to the leisure facilities at Cottingham Parks.
Improvements to the existing clubhouse facilities would include increasing the size of the health and beauty area, the catering and bar areas.
A dedicated function room and outdoor space would be created and the golf shop and changing areas would be improved.
Access to the development would be from the existing route to Cottingham Parks from Woodhill Way.
The exhibition was held at Cottingham Parks on Tuesday and at St Mary's Church, Arlington Hall, in Cottingham on Wednesday.