Ramside bids to rival Celtic Manor
Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club in County Durham is seeking planning permission to convert its 27-hole – three-loops-of-nine – golf course into a 36-hole complex that would rival Celtic Manor, host of last year’s Ryder Cup. The club also wants to build 21 homes by two of the holes.
The £17 million project will see 13 other houses built in a neighbouring farm and 44 bedrooms added to its hotel.
More than 800 people have signed a petition in support of the plans, the council’s ecology department has not objected to them going forward and its planning officials recommend they be given the go-ahead next week.
However, 150 local residents, Belmont Parish Council and the City of Durham Trust conservation group have objected to the proposals.
The golf club states that the scheme will create 104 new jobs and the golf complex will be comparable to premier resorts such as The Belfry, Celtic Manor and Gleneagles.