Plans to create a major new golf, leisure and housing development in Hoylake could move a step closer this month.
The proposed Hoylake Golf Resort will see two new championship golf courses built, as well as a luxury hotel, conference centre and new houses.
Celtic Manor, the company behind the South Wales luxury resort which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup and 2014 NATO summit, is on board to manage the entire attraction and Storey Homes will lead on the development. Both will work alongside Jack Nicklaus Joint Venture Group.
If approved by Wirral Council’s cabinet on 18 December, the complex would include the only Jack Nicklaus designed municipal course in the country.
A report to the cabinet details the next steps to progress the proposals, including the council expectation that the developers complete the planning and various site investigations at their cost and risk.
The plans also outline the funding options being proposed and indicates the returns the council could expect to see through leveraging its assets and covenant strength.
It also provides the full financial proposal for how the development will be delivered and, subject to it being agreed at the meeting on 18 December, will allow for a full planning application to be submitted in 2018.
Councillor Phil Davies says: “The Hoylake Golf Resort will be a flagship development which will create hundreds of jobs for local people and support businesses across the borough.
“As a globally significant tourism and leisure attraction, it will support growth in our vibrant tourism economy and attract thousands of additional visitors to Wirral every year.
“Building on the success of the 2006 and 2014 British Open Championships at neighbouring Royal Liverpool Golf Club Hoylake, the golf resort will cement Wirral’s leadership position with the international golf community, benefitting from the visitors, tourism revenues and global attention that recognition will bring with it.
“However, it is more than simply two new golf courses. Hoylake Golf Resort will be a key leisure destination with a high-end hotel, restaurants, spa and conference facilities. It will prove to be an attractive offer for international conferences and similar events.”