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Hundreds of lodges planned for golf course

Hundreds of lodges planned for golf course

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:22pm 4th June 2020.

An international quality golf course in Cornwall has been given permission to build hundreds of holiday lodges as it bids to appeal to a wider audience.

St Mellion International Resort near Saltash has been granted full permission for a first phase which includes 27 lodges, wedding venue, kids’ club and tennis court.

And Cornwall Council has also granted outline planning permission for further development including 203 holiday lodges and a reception building which would include a farm shop, microbrewery and artisan bakery.

Resort owners Crown Golf state in their application that St Mellion is the “jewel in the crown” of the company’s portfolio.

With its new plans the operators said: “The level of our ambition is high. We want to establish St Mellion as the best, most sought-after and aspirational family friendly resort in Cornwall.”

The company said that since it acquired the resort it has extended the resort’s 80-bed hotel and Kernow golf course.

It said that these improvements have further cemented the resort’s reputation amongst golfers claiming the Jack Nicklaus designed course is on the “bucket list” of many golfers.

However the company is now looking to extend the appeal of the resort to more general visitors.

It said: “The St Mellion resort is focussed on this narrow market sector and it looks, sounds and acts like a golf-centric leisure facility. In its current form it does not offer a wider leisure resource, perhaps one more representative of its location in Cornwall which is one of the most established and desirable holiday locations in the UK.”

The firm added: “As well as being a golf resort, it has a growing wedding and conference/events business. However, this is limited in its scope by the quality of the current provision.

“The opportunity for business growth at St Mellion is significant. Last year, it is
estimated that 4.5m people visited Cornwall on holiday, adding some £1.8bn to the local economy. With the growth of the UK staycation market up a third on last year and with 59 million staycations booked in 2018, this is a massive market that Crown Golf could do more to tap into.

“Currently, St Mellion appeals to the golf market but little else. It is not configured to appeal to the very lucrative family holiday market due to the type of accommodation, facilities and services currently on offer.”

The vision statement submitted with the plans continues: “Currently, the hotel and existing holiday cottage accommodation on-site at St Mellion would be largely overlooked by the family holiday market sector. The hotel, as currently presented, is not family friendly or inviting; there are little, or no, children friendly facilities or services and it is very golf dominated which will put off people who are not that way inclined.

“A high-quality cedar wood holiday lodge development at St Mellion offers a way to address this gap in the market. A master planned and well executed holiday lodge development would be attractive to families looking for a traditional self-catered Cornish holiday.”

Under the plans the company aims to have 230 wood lodges which would range from two to four bedrooms in size. The lodges would be sold with owners paying a pitch fee and service charge to the resort.

The planned reception building would have a farm shop which would be open to local residents and visitors as well as people staying at the site.

And there are plans for a wedding and events “barn” which would “create a new luxury and characterful wedding venue to take the existing St Mellion wedding offer upmarket and to provide an events space to rent for local businesses/community”.

The plans also include extending the lake on the site which would have a new beach area and have facilities for canoeing and bubble orb running. There are also plans for fishing for off-season anglers.

A new kids barn is also planned which would also include a new adventure play area and adventure golf course.

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