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Plan for YSP moves closer

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Plans for the creation of a new hotel adjacent to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) at the Bretton Hall estate have moved a step closer to fruition after a detailed outline for the project has now been submitted to local planning authorities.

A committee of Barnsley Council are to examine the feasibility of the scheme next month, with the plans including provision for the construction of a new 120-bedroom luxury hotel, spa, bar, restaurant and conference facilities on a site that is at present a number of unused university buildings.

Caterer & Hotelkeeper reports Leeds-based developer Rushbond was drafted into the project in July last year and has now spent the last six months putting together detailed proposals for the site, which includes approximately 500 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland.

Jonathan Maud, managing director of Rushbond, commented at the time: "The submission of the planning application is an important milestone in our shared vision sympathetically to transform Bretton Hall into a truly stunning hotel/business park opportunity, in a unique landscape, that will attract new businesses to the region and create long term sustainable employment."

The new hotel is set to cater for a new 100,000 sq ft business park within the estate and will also act as a hub for the more than 350,000 annual visitors to the globally-acclaimed YSP.

Including the provision of new restaurant equipment, staffing and other essential expenditure, the plans have forecast an opening date for the new facilities for the end of 2014, with the developer keen to get building work started as soon as possible, even as early as next month.

Acquired by Wakefield Council from the University of Leeds back in 2006, the Bretton Hall estate is a destination of international renown and will benefit greatly for this new development, should the authorities give the green light.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801527315-ADNFCR

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