Plans unveiled for transformation of London Golf Club into premier leisure destination

Plans unveiled for transformation of London Golf Club into premier leisure destination

London Golf Club, located near Brands Hatch and Millwall FC, could soon become more than just a top destination for golfers. Plans have been announced to transform the club into a premier leisure destination, complete with a hotel, spa, wedding venue, and turf academy.

Dubbed “The London Project,” this development aims to create Kent’s first health and wellbeing-focused leisure destination. The project will also include the refurbishment of the Grade II*-listed South Ash Manor, located on the border of Sevenoaks and Tonbridge and Malling districts.

The area, which is already home to popular sports teams like Millwall FC and Pedham Place, is seen as part of a growing sports corridor along the M20. In fact, Millwall FC was recently granted permission to build a new training ground in West Kingsdown, while Pedham Place is rumored to be the future site of a 28,000-seater rugby stadium complex for former top-flight team Wasps.

The London Project aims to enhance the existing facilities at the London Golf Club in order to attract major global events. The plans, which are currently undergoing a public consultation, include a 240-bedroom hotel and spa with lodge accommodation, a wedding venue at South Ash Manor, and various health and wellbeing-focused amenities. A pavilion will also be built to provide access to a range of leisure activities, such as a natural swimming lake, racket sports, and equestrian facilities.

The project is a long-standing aspiration for the London Golf Club, which has previously been granted planning permission in 2011 for a new hotel and spa, and in 2013 for a new driving range and golf course. However, these plans were not fully realized. The current proposal aims to improve upon the previous plans and provide state-of-the-art facilities.

While the site is located within the greenbelt, which typically restricts development, the London Golf Club believes there are “very special circumstances” that justify this project, especially considering the existing planning consents. The club, which was established in 1994 and has hosted several major golf tournaments, hopes to continue attracting global events with this new development.

The plans are set to be submitted to both Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Sevenoaks District Council this summer. If approved, the London Golf Club expects to open its doors to the public by 2028.

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