A detailed planning application has been submitted to transform a sprawling country estate in Greater Manchester in an epic £240m project that includes a new hotel and championship golf course.
Property giants Peel has submitted a request to develop Hulton Park in Bolton after buying the land in 2010, and now details have emerged for a new hotel and adjacent golf course to be built on the estate’s 1,000 acres.
The application, which will be considered by town hall bosses later this year, shows lush greens, fairways, holes flanked by stands for spectators, a huge white stone hotel, a spa and a clubhouse.
The hotel – New Hulton Hall – would be built on the site of the former Hulton Hall, which was demolished in the 1950s.
The 18-hole course has been designed by European Golf Design and Peel said it would have the ‘capacity and facilities to host the world’s media and around 70,000 visitors at a time’.
Peel’s plans also include a golf academy, a driving range, adventure golf, and buildings designed to host golf tuition and sports sciences.
The planning application also includes the creation of 1,000 new homes nearby, a new primary school and the construction of a new relief road in Westhoughton.
Hulton Park was previously owned by generations of the Hulton family, who were wealthy coal merchants and landowners.
Richard Knight, planning director at Peel, said the project has gone through two periods of public consultation.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he added: “The Hulton Park project is a unique once-in-a-generation opportunity to sensitively restore a lost historic park into a world class golf destination.
“It’s a perfect fit for Bolton and Greater Manchester, using investment in sporting venues and major events to boost the local economy, provide new job opportunities for local people, increase participation in sport and improve community access for recreation.
If planning permission is granted, work could start as soon as 2019.