Bid to build 74 more luxury lodges at five-star Laceby Manor resort
Proprietor Roger Burnett pictured outside one of the existing luxury holiday lodges at Laceby Manor Golf Club (Image: Grimsby Live)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 29 Jan 2019
Plans to treble the number of holiday lodges at Laceby Manor have been submitted.
North East Lincolnshire Council planners have received a plan to build 74 more five-star lodges, creating a further 25 jobs.
Laceby Manor Lodge will become one of the biggest holiday destinations in Grimsby if the plans are approved.
Roger Burnett, owner of Laceby Manor Resort Ltd has applied to North East Lincolnshire Council to add a further 74 holiday lodges to the 55 lodges approved for an adjoining site. A total of 29 are already built and used throughout the year.
They will be built on former agricultural land with over 6.5 hectares given over to the plush new lodges.
They will be similar in style to the ones already on the expanding leisure complex.
Planners approved construction of a spa and gym in a £1.5milion investment in 2017.
Roger said: "We need to look to the long-term future and long-term sustainability of the site and business. I have a rare opportunity to acquire land adjacent to the golf course and see this as an opportunity not to be lost. This opportunity will sustain the business well into the foreseeable future and create 25 additional new local jobs in the process."
Inside one of the existing wooden lodges at Laceby Manor Golf Club (Image: Grimsby Live)
Laceby Manor Resort Ltd received five star status from holiday firm Hoseasons, impressed with the site "attracting people from all over the country seeking peace and quiet from their everyday hectic lives. The statistics show that 90 percent of guests travel more than 100 miles to visit the resort and the majority approach the resort from the Laceby roundabout interchange."
Roger said: "Hoseasons is predicting a huge growth in the demand for short lodge breaks and as such Laceby Manor Resort needs to be in a position to prepare for this growing market.
Following the success of his application in 2017, owner Roger said: "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."
He added: "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."
The holiday centre currently employs 40 people, which could increase to 65, according to the planning application.
Mr Burnett, a former British motorcycling champion, bought the Laceby Manor Golf Club site from the Grimsby Institute for an undisclosed sum in May 2011.
The new lodges already built have proved popular with visitors and holidaymakers, exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds.
The prime site is close to Humberside airport, A180 and has access off the A18 Barton Street.
The view of the grounds from the window of The Manor Restaurant, at Laceby Manor Golf Club (Image: Grimsby Live)
It is expected to take around 13 weeks for the application to be assessed by North East Lincolnshire Council. The plans include a new access off the A18, parallel to the golf club access.
There will be also be room for an additional 77 vehicles, according to the application.
The clubhouse has been a popular venue for weddings and functions for many years and the new site to the north of the Laceby Manor clubhouse is next to the 18-hole golf course.
The existing lodges are booked throughout the year with an average of one car per lodge and an average of one to four people staying in each one.
The lodges are available for three, four or seven-night stays and receive unlimited complimentary golf. They are typically utilised for special occasions, weekends away and golf breaks. Weddings and or functions are usually held on every weekend throughout the year.
There are currently 29 lodges on the site within Lodge Area 1 and Lodge Area 2. Lodge Area 3 is programmed for construction and has planning approval for 26.
A traffic assessment showed the new buildings would have "no material highway safety issues relating to the site access."
The agent for the application is Keir Taylor, of Keir Architecture of Ulceby.