City planners in Liverpool have given the go-ahead to a £15m project for a new golf course and boutique hotel at Allerton Manor in a plan that will create 150 jobs. Tony McDonough reports
City planners have given the go-head to a £15m transformation of Allerton Manor in south Liverpool to create a new golf course and boutique hotel, creating 150 jobs.
Allerton Manor is owned by Liverpool City Council and operated by Green Circle, which says it will fund the project entirely from private investment. The plans put forward by the company, include:
- Reconfiguring Allerton Manor’s existing 18 and 9-hole courses to create a much- improved par 72 Championship course with a new driving range and putting area.
- A purpose-built golf pavilion / club house comprising a new golf shop, changing and locker rooms, state of the art teaching facilities including indoor practice putting area and golf simulators.
- A new family-friendly 18-hole adventure golf course.
- The restoration and conversion of the Grade II-listed, but seriously dilapidated and at risk, Allerton Manor house to create a 31-bed boutique hotel, spa and function space.
Green Circle’s property director, Craig Coley said: “We are delighted that the Planning Committee has agreed our plans and that they have been welcomed enthusiastically by members from all parties.
“I’d like to thank the professional and supportive approach we have had from the planners, and the constructive dialogue with local ward councillors. By working together, we have been able to bring forward an exciting plan that will create a fantastic amenity for the city, whilst preserving Allerton Manor’s unique heritage and landscape.”
Planning Committee members commended, not only the detailed proposals and masterplan presented by Green Circle, but also recognised the care taken to proactively consult local members, neighbours and stakeholders.
Liberal Democrat Councillor for the Allerton and Hunts Cross Ward, Cllr Mirna Juarez suggested that the approach taken by Green Circle to ensure early and inclusive dialogue should be seen as an exemplar approach for other developers to follow.
Mr Coley added: “Allerton Manor is part of the city’s history and fabric, and as its custodians, we have a responsibility to develop and manage the site in a sensitive and sympathetic way, so effective consultation is vitally important and valuable.”