New wing planned for expanding hotel

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A HOTEL could get a new wing as it moves forward with expansion plans.

Ramside Hall, in Carrville, Durham, has already been given permission for 56 more bedrooms, redevelopment of its ballroom and a leisure and health spa.

The project also included an extension to its golf course, with plans for a housing development on the site as part of a £15million investment in the hotel.

Now the scheme is going back before planners to amend the design, scale and layout of the bedrooms and spa, by varying conditions put on the proposals when they were approved in 2005.

The application will be discussed by Durham County Council’s central and East Durham planning committee on Tuesday, June 12, with officers saying they recommend the change.

They believe it is sustainable in terms of economic, social and environmental terms and should go ahead without delay.

The main part of the hotel, which is a popular venue for weddings and other events, is a Grade II listed building with parapets and castle-style detail around its roof, with previous extensions also built in the same character.

But the new leisure building would be built in a similar design to the golf clubhouse, standing at three-storeys high, with a buff render and large sections of glass.

Another side of the building would also be mainly glass, with a ribbed zinc roof over the swimming pool, and the building will also have a hydrotherapy and spa pool.

An appraisal of the scheme by planning officer Barry Gavillet states the change would not have an adverse impact on the listed building or the estate’s historic park and garden.

He adds: “The approval of this application would enable the redevelopment and expansion of hotel accommodation and leisure facilities at Ramside Hall Hotel and enhance its role as an important contributor to the tourism, leisure and conference offer of Durham City and indeed the county as a whole.”

The hotel has previously said the golf course and leisure development would be completed by September next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Ramside Hall Estates Ltd.

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