Mere resort wins backing for major extension plans

The proposed scheme

Acting on behalf of The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Avison Young has secured approval from Cheshire East Council for major extensions and new facilities at the prestigious golf and leisure resort at The Mere, near Knutsford in Cheshire.

Among a range of enhancements, the plans include 64 new bedroom suites, enlargement of the conference and banqueting facilities to increase capacity to 950 guests, and remodelling of the reception areas, restaurants, external terraces and additions to the hotel spa, all of which will be carried out within the resort’s expansive Green Belt setting.

This application and Green Belt policy required ‘very special circumstances’ to be demonstrated to councillors before permission could be given.

Gary Halman, principal at Avison Young, who promoted the complex planning application for The Mere, said: “We were delighted to receive unanimous support from the council’s planning committee.

“This is a reflection of the excellent standing and reputation which The Mere Golf Resort & Spa enjoys in Cheshire, the careful design of these significant new buildings which are a key part of its future growth ambitions, and the strong economic need case that underpinned the proposals.”

Gary Johnson, general manager of The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, said: “On behalf of the directors and management at The Mere, we are thrilled to be given an incredible opportunity for a resort expansion.

“Through our relationship with Avison Young we have been able to bring our vision to life while ensuring that the beautiful greenery that surrounds the resort is maintained.

“This is a momentous leap for us that will allow us to meet evolving market demands and encourage guests on both a national and international scale to experience Cheshire and the North West of England.

“We are confident that this will help improve the local economy and job creation for the surrounding areas and we look forward to seeing our vision come to life.”

Avison Young led a multi-disciplinary professional team which included Leach Rhodes Walker architects, who designed the new buildings and master planned the alterations to the existing buildings and external spaces at The Mere.