Existing Site

Site History

The site was formerly Thoulstone Park Golf Club. This ceased operation in 2002 and the site received no maintenance until a programme of sustainable land management was introduced in 2013, first steps of which include sheep grazing and substantial new woodland creation.

New English Woodland Creation

Beginning in November 2013, in conjunction with the Woodland Trust and the Forestry Commission, more than 28,000 trees, over 51 acres of the site, were planted with a view to recreating the beauty of a natural English woodland environment. This has created a valuable refuge for local wildlife and a source of tranquillity for the local community.

Woodland Creation Area

Current Buildings On-site

Current buildings on-site comprises the derelict shell and hard standings of the former golf club development. These existing buildings are a vandalised eyesore and are out of character with the nearby mix of residential and commercial properties.

Extant Planning Permission

In 2006, planning permission was granted to the site’s previous owners, to develop a new hotel including spa and refurbishment of the golf course and facilities (05/02400/FUL). This permission was not implemented.

In 2008 planning permission was granted for a revised scheme comprising a 54 bedroom, 4-star hotel, bar, restaurant, leisure facilities, conference/function suites and golf course refurbishment (08/02107/FUL). This permission has not been implemented and in 2011 renewal of this permission was granted, extending its expiry date to November 2014 (W/11/02179/FUL).