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74 timber lodges lined up for £8m Laceby resort investment

A resort near Grimsby has been given permission to build 74 new holiday lodges as part of a 10-year £8 million investment.

A resort near Grimsby has been given permission to build 74 new holiday lodges as part of a 10-year £8 million investment.

Laceby Manor Resort, which owns Manor Golf Course, was given unanimous permission by North East Lincolnshire Council to expand into land to the west of the club.

The works include the widening of the A18 to create a right-hand turn into the site.

The applicants said 17 new jobs would be created by the move, taking the total number of people they employ to 65.

Landowner Roger Burnett bought the golf course eight years ago in a “very run-down “state but said he could “see the potential to become one of the region’s most premier golf courses”.

However, he added golf courses on their own were not sustainable. It was hoped the business could become a venue for weddings as well as accommodate stay-cations and escapism.

“This is very much our ten-year plan, our end game. It may look ambitious on the surface but when you’re investing this much you need to know what your end game is.”

He said it would “ensure the long-term sustainability of the business”.

Nearby farmers had opposed the plans due to the loss of agriculture land and concerns the business could face issues with the smell and disruptions caused by pigs raised on their land.

Laceby Parish Council also had safety concerns over the A18.

Officers recommended approval with a condition for the A18 works to be finished before the new lodges could be occupied.

How the new lodges will be laid out.

They said it would support a prosperous rural economy.

The works are hoped to begin in February 2020 and be finished by July.

They concluded the development: “Would provide further investment in the site to provide ancillary facilities to enhance the visitor attraction and golf course.”

Councillor Stan Shreeve said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the area and I really welcome the comments about the sustainability and the financial benefits of this project.”

Last year, the business was given permission to build a spa and hotel on site and has permission for a number of other lodges which are currently being built.

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