The planning application made by English Lakes Hotels Resorts and Venues for the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel and Marina were unanimously approved by the Lake District National Park Authority.
They include plans for a range of new facilities, additional bedrooms, improved infrastructure and renewable energy features. The project is set to create 30 full time equivalent jobs.
Managing director Simon Berry said: “This is marvellous news. It’s the largest redevelopment of Low Wood Bay hotel since 1859, creating the Lake District’s first luxury destination resort.
“We’re thrilled that the Lake District National Park Authority recognises what we are trying to achieve. In setting its vision for the park to be ‘world class’, it is now clearly supporting business to deliver on that vision and is showing the faith to back us on this project.
“Our desire to create excellence and make significant improvements at one of our flagship hotel sites is a real fillip for both business and tourism in the area, especially at a time when the Lake District is seeking to attain World Heritage status.”
Infrastructure improvements will include the creation of a new, dedicated entrance to the site, a contemporary atrium linking all the resort facilities and renewable energy provisions, as well as 46 new bedrooms, new restaurant facilities, a multi sports pitch, an indoor spa, an outdoor spa with hot tubs, a heated infinity pool and a sauna.
The work at Low Wood Bay is scheduled to commence in the spring and is estimated to take 18 months to complete.
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