His­toric Vic­to­rian man­sion set to be trans­formed into lux­ury ho­tel

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

South Bucks District Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee backed plans to de­velop the Grade II listed Bul­strode House in Ox­ford Road fol­low­ing a short de­bate on July 18.

The sep­a­rate 1970s ac­com­mo­da­tion block – branded “ugly” by coun­cil­lor Dun­can Smith - garage, cot­tage and bun­ga­low on the site will all be de­mol­ished to make way for the de­vel­op­ment.

A spa, con­fer­ence room, staff ac­com­mo­da­tion, bars, guest lounges, cafe and a 120-space guest car park will all be built on the site as well as 60 new bed­rooms.

The 19th cen­tury manor house was pre­vi­ously home to Chris­tian char­ity WEC In­ter­na­tional for more than 50 years and was used as a train­ing base for fu­ture mis­sion­ar­ies, but it was put up for sale in 2016.

Once com­plete, de­vel­op­ers Bul­strode Park Ltd say the his­toric house will com­pare to other high-end ho­tels in­clud­ing Buck­ing­hamshire’s Clive­den House, where Meghan Markle stayed the night be­fore the re­cent royal wed­ding.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing, Cllr Smith said the cur­rent staff ac­com­mo­da­tion on the site is “ugly” and asked if the new de­vel­op­ment would be more in keep­ing with the es­tate. Cllr Mar­lene Lewis raised con­cerns over the fu­ture of the trees that sur­round the man­sion, while cllr Jilly Jor­dan ques­tioned if the planned car park will im­pose on the Green Belt.

The case of­fi­cer con­firmed the trees will be pro­tected and the ac­com­mo­da­tion will be de- veloped to make it “more sym­pa­thetic” to the rest of the es­tate.

She added while the car park will fall within the green belt, it will not “erode the open­ness” of the pro­tected land.

She said: “It is part of the green belt. In terms of the con­di­tions of car park­ing there’s no ob­jec­tion in prin­ci­ple to a hard sur­face area, pro­vided it doesn’t im­pact on the open­ness of the green belt.

“In terms of the built area of the site, we are sat­is­fied that it is quite con­tained in the green belt and it doesn’t re­sult in any erod­ing of the open­ness of the green belt.”

One let­ter of ob­jec­tion was sent to the coun­cil crit­i­cis­ing the de­sign of the staff ac­com­mo­da­tion, say­ing “it is not in keep­ing with the area”, adding any de­vel­op­ment on pro­tected land should be avoided. An on­line state­ment by Childs and Sulz­mann Ar­chi­tects on be­half of the de­vel­op­ers said: “The detri­men­tal im­pacts are few and the im­prove­ments to the set- ting of the listed build­ing are sig­nif­i­cant. The derelict ar­eas of the site will be im­proved and brought back into use and the im­pact of traf­fic on the site will be re­duced.

“Th­ese pro­pos­als for de­vel­op­ments at Bul­strode rep­re­sent a clear and vi­able propo­si­tion to en­sure that the use of this prop­erty as a lux­ury ho­tel can pro­vide a long term and sus­tain­able fu­ture for this valu­able her­itage as­set.”

Coun­cil­lors ap­proved the plans.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.