Go-ahead looks likely for leisure-resort bids

Percy Wood Golf and Country Retreat, Swarland.
Percy Wood Golf and Country Retreat, Swarland.

Two linked applications which will revamp a leisure resort in north Northumberland look set to be approved later today.

The two schemes – one for new housing and the other for more caravans and a change to the golf course – at Percy Wood Golf and Country Retreat, in Swarland, are recommended for approval at this afternoon’s North Northumberland Local Area Council meeting.

One is a full application for the development of up to 216 new holiday caravans, a centrally-located leisure hub and a reconfigured golf course to include a relocated clubhouse, while the other is an outline bid for up to 16 homes on the current clubhouse site.

The proposals would see the golf course reduced from 18 to 12 holes, with the vacated land used for up to 216 new holiday caravans and a leisure hub, which would provide facilities, including a restaurant, shop, gym and pool.

After the Gazette reported the submission of the plans in February, a caravan owner said that he and other current residents are being ignored at the expense of new customers, although the leisure scheme has attracted a relatively modest 31 objections.

In both cases, the committee would only be minded to approve the applications as there are outstanding issues.

For the leisure bid, there is a holding direction from Highways England due to safety conerns at three junctions on the A1 – Leamington Lane, Rashercap and Guyzance crossroads. In terms of the housing scheme, it simply relates to the signing of a section 106 legal agreement to secure an off-site affordable-housing contribution.