Wardon Hill 5* luxury holiday lodges plan could create 80 jobs

Wardon Hill 5* luxury holiday lodges plan could create 80 jobs

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 11:29am 11th December 2019.

Plans to turn Wardon Hill into a five-star luxury holiday lodge site could create 80 full-time jobs.

The area around the George Albert Hotel would be transformed under the plans.

The Clay Pigeon race circuit and the Southern Counties shooting ground will be removed if the plans are approved, along with many of the older buildings on the hilltop site.

The hotel and spa will remain in place, as will a water tower.

George Albert Hotel Facade

The application for the 18.6 hectare site has been submitted by a North Wales planning and design company, Lambe Planning & Design.

It asks for:

  • approval for around 180 two and three-bed lodges together with staff accommodation
  • creation of the equivalent of almost 80 new full-time jobs 
  • five-star lodge holiday home scheme 
  • landscaped site dotted with lakes and ponds
  • parking for more than 320 cars alongside the lodges
George Albert buildings to be removed
Buildings to be removed

The consent for a change of use is not expected to come before councillors but will be decided by a Dorset Council planning officer under delegated powers.

Comments on the change of use application, which falls within the Sydling St Nicholas parish council area, remain open until the end of December.

Businesses and static caravan homes on the site will continue to operate as normal while the planning process, which could take several months, is concluded.

Trevor Bevins

The racing circuit will also continue. The site has been popular with local people and has seen numerous battles on the karting championship circuit with some drivers who now race at national level.

The Southern Counties Shooting Ground, which started in 1953, has seen many international competitions over the decades and was one of the training grounds for members of previous UK's Olympic shooting teams.

A gun shop remains on the site and, like other businesses, will continue to trade until the planning consent has been decided and either acted on, or not proceeded with.

By Trevor Bevins, local democracy reporter