Wirral Council is now seeking a developer for the proposed £50M Hoylake “golf resort”. This long-discussed project was officially announced yesterday by Wirral Council and now it remains to be seen if a developer can be found for the ambitious project.
As you can see from the map above the 285-acre site is on land between Hoylake, West Kirby and Newton/Frankby areas. I don’t know, but access to the development from Hoylake seems unlikely because of issues crossing the railway line. Over two years ago there was a rumour that American billionaire Donald Trump was interested in the development.
The golf resort will offer:
- A luxury hotel with associated restaurant, health, leisure and conference facilities
- The creation of an internationally acclaimed golf course
- An associated development commensurate with a high quality golf resort
It is of course true that Hoylake already has an internationally acclaimed golf course at Royal Liverpool.
Announcing the proposals Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council said:”I am proud to launch the official search for a development partner to help Wirral Council realise our ambition to build a world class golf resort at Hoylake.
“The launch of the procurement process is an incredibly exciting step for Wirral and its future as a landmark destination for golf tourism. The commencement of this stage means we can move from expressions of interest to confirmation of concrete, firm bids and the appointment of a preferred developer. It is a complicated process and we are working to a tight schedule but I hope to be able to announce our chosen partner when Wirral hosts The Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club next July.
“As a Council, we are confident that with a suitable development partner in place we can deliver a top class golf resort that will build on the confidence generated by hosting such prestigious championships as The Open, The Ricoh Women’s British Open as well as Hoylake’s unique golfing pedigree. By embarking on the EU competitive dialogue process Wirral Council is demonstrating real intent to deliver an internationally acclaimed golf resort that golfers from across the world will travel to play and stay at. It’s going to be hugely exciting to see who bids to partner with us and the ideas they have for the site.”
The preferred bidder will be confirmed in June, 2014.
So, what do you think?
- Do you think this project will be of interest to a developer?
- Is it a welcome development or will it detract from Royal Liverpool?
- Can Hoylake cope with more visitors and would Hoylake generally benefit from them?
- If it goes ahead, where will the access roads be located?
- Will it boost our local economy and create jobs for local people?
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