Plans to create a major golf, leisure and housing development in Hoylake took a step closer last week, as Wirral Council’s cabinet was set to agree the project moving to the next stage. Subject to agreement at a Council meeting on 18 December, the next steps allow for a full planning application to be submitted in 2019.
The “golf resort” will include a championship golf course, an 18-hole municipal course, a golf academy and practice range, a Celtic Manor-branded 90-bed hotel, which will have associated conference facilities and a spa.
The controversial £200m scheme will see approximately 40 apartments built next to the hotel and developer Story Homes plans to build 160 houses.
Celtic Manor, the company behind the South Wales luxury resort which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup and 2014 NATO summit, will manage the entire attraction and Story Homes will lead on the housing development, both working alongside Jack Nicklaus Joint Venture Group.
The planning process will begin in February next year, with consent determined by June 2019. Ahead of the planning application submission date, the council plans to launch another round of public consultation on the project’s detailed design. An initial consultation on the proposals was carried out in 2015.
Construction of the first homes on the site will start in December 2019, followed by the course and its facilities opening on a phased basis. The municipal course is earmarked for a January 2020 opening, followed by the hotel in March 2020, and the championship course opening in April 2021.
The housing on the site will be delivered between 2019 and 2027. All of the construction contracts for the golf courses, hotel, and associated facilities are to be handled by Nicklaus Joint Venture Group (NJVG).
Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Phil Davies, said: “The Hoylake Golf Resort will be a flagship development which will create hundreds of jobs for local people and support businesses across the borough. As a globally-significant tourism and leisure attraction, it will support growth in our vibrant tourism economy and attract thousands of additional visitors to Wirral every year.
“Working with partners with the expertise and reputation of Celtic Manor, arguably the strongest brand in golf hospitality today, and north-west based Story Homes means we are confident we will deliver a resort of the highest possible quality.
“This is another example of Wirral Council being commercial, ambitious and innovative. By using our resources and skills to secure major private sector investment into our borough, we will create jobs for residents and generate revenue for the Council.”