dha transport, working with dha planning, have secured planning permission for a 130 bedroom hotel on a greenfield site at the London Golf Club. The development includes associated spa, gym, swimming pool, restaurants, conferencing facilities, banqueting and 20 staff bedrooms. The total floorspace of the development is 18,306 sq m.
The site is located within the Green Belt and therefore Planning and Very Special Circumstances Statements were submitted in support of the application to demonstrate that the usual policy presumption against development in the Green Belt should be overridden.
The development will generate exceptional economic benefits, at a local and regional level, as well as community benefits. These benefits were seen as overriding by the Local Planning Authority. There was also a significant amount of support for the proposal from bodies such as Tourism South East.
The development will enable the London Golf Club to be placed on the international golfing stage as a named global event venue and to bid for the highest echelons of golfing tournaments. An on-site hotel is an essential pre-requisite to the London Golf Club becoming one of the premier golfing venues within England and Europe.
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council resolved to grant planning permission and the Secretary of State confirmed that it does not wish to call the application in for consideration, being a departure from the Development Plan.
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