Laceby Manor Resort holiday lodges to putt proper 'wow' factor into area
THE creation of 36 holiday lodges at Laceby Manor Golf Club will bring the "wow" factor to the area, according to the owner.
The development, due to start at the end of this year, will also create six new jobs and boost the attraction of North East Lincolnshire to visitors.
Roger Burnett, owner of Laceby Manor Resort Ltd, which runs the site and is investing £3 million, welcomed the overwhelming approval of the holiday development.
It was granted by nine votes to one by North East Lincolnshire Council planning councillors.
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They agreed the 36 holiday lodges, to be built on two separate sites, would enhance the area for those wanting golfing holidays and promote the area for tourists.
Mr Burnett, a former motorcycling legend, said he was passionate about promoting his home area.
He said: "I am always trying to put Grimsby on the map and employ local people.
"It will be a wow factor destination."
The golf club owner said the infrastructure and construction work will begin following the completion of the clubhouse extension which was approved in September last year.
That has created four new jobs.
Councillor Christina McGilligan-Fell said she was heartened by the amount of nature conservation work to be carried out in order to protect wildlife, especially the rare greater-crested newts.
She said she saw her first swallows of the summer at the golf course on a site visit at the weekend.
"The golf course is managed superbly," she said.
The councillor urged the owner to consider creating ponds and using the lodges for fishing holidays.
Planning chairman, Councillor Philip Jackson said: "It is good to see someone having faith in this area. This is not just six jobs, it is about supporting business and bringing extra visitors to the area."
Councillors said they were concerned about the access to the site from the A18. Committee members heard new signs would be erected to warn motorists of the entrance on the bend.
Councillor Peter Mills said a caravan site owner had been refused permission for an extension to his site near the golf club several years ago because of the difficulties over access.