Luxury spa gets go-ahead for Rudding Park
An exclusive £7 million spa is to be built at Harrogate’s Rudding Park, as owners were granted planning permission.
Harrogate Borough Council granted permission for the new luxury spa, which will feature a 17 metre swimming pool, treatment rooms, shops and a restaurant. The owners expect it to take 14 months to build and predict it will largely increase tourism in the Harrogate area.
Chairman of Rudding Park Simon Mackaness commented on the project:
“The complex will be the most comprehensive and exclusive spa in this region.
“There are few spas in Yorkshire that have these facilities. It will bring in a leisure guest who will spend money in the town. It will put the spa back into Harrogate.”
The application for the new spa was passed unanimously by the planning committee of Harrogate Borough Council, the Harrogate Advertiser reports.
Original plans for the site were passed in 2008 and included a dance studio and gym, but the project didn’t begin and the owners’ plans changed.
The new plan is for a 3,800 sq m complex, built partially underground. Only one story will be visible from a distance. There will be as many as 10 treatment rooms, a juice bar, a hydrotherapy room that sits inside and out, as well as the swimming pool, shops and restaurant.
Coun Bernard Bateman said:
“Rudding Park is probably one of the leading hotels in the north of England.
“It’s important that we approve this application - we need luxury hotels. It brings trade to the area.”
Rudding Park’s managing director Peter Banks also commented:
“This will be a great asset to the visitor economy. This will be a first-rate facility and a major attraction. Our top competitors all have these facilities. We like to think we’re recapturing Harrogate’s spa heritage. It will bring in a high spending guest from out of the region. And this is the real thing - this is a grown up spa.”
Work is due to start this winter and is scheduled to be completed by Christmas 2016.
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