Councillors have unanimously voted to defer a decision on a new hotel at a golf club in Buckinghamshire, to allow a site visit.

Magnolia Park Golf Club wants to demolish the vacant 40-room hotel and clubhouse at its Arncott Road site in Boarstall and build a new 100-room hotel and separate clubhouse.

Buckinghamshire Council’s central area planning committee discussed the proposed new three-storey, tri-winged hotel building at its July 6 meeting. Objectors suggested the building would be too dominant.

But architect Paul Wells, partner at Dexter Moren Associates, told the meeting: “This scheme has been carefully considered to benefit the local area by offering a long-term, viable use for the site, replacing the exiting hotel with a high-end offering, bringing enhanced facilities that are intended for use by both local residents and by guests alike.

“Although the building is larger than the current hotel, we’ve worked hard to mitigate the impact of the development through the use of a tri-winged plan which reduces the impact from any one direction.”

He said four high-end operators had shown interest in the proposed hotel which will have two restaurants, a gym, a spa, a swimming pool and a conference room.

Proposing a motion to defer, Cllr David Thompson said: “I feel that the most critical point is going to be visibility of the new building and therefore I feel the best way I would like this to proceed is that I ask for a site visit so that we can get a better picture of the actual layout of the existing building and the proposed, so that we get a better feel for what we are actually talking about.”

Landscape architect on the scheme is Phil Allen Design. Savills is planning consultant.

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