New homes to give boost to historic hotel’s gardens

Petwood Hotel Housing Plans
Petwood Hotel Housing Plans

Owners of the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa are close to signing a near £1m deal with developers which will lead to a major renovation of their world renowned gardens.

East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee last week voted to allow nine new homes to built in the hotel grounds.

The money generated from the project will be used to restore the gardens, which were laid out in the early 1900s by celebrated Edwardian designer Harold Peto.

Speaking exclusively to the News, Petwood director Emma Brearly said she was delighted with the go ahead from planners and added work would start as soon as possible.

She said: “It is brilliant news. I’d just like to thank everyone who has supported us.”

Permission to renovate the gardens - which once attracted Royalty to Woodhall Spa - was secured some time ago

However, an initial planning application for new homes was rejected last year and Miss Brearly confirmed the added cost of submitting a revised bid meant there was a shortfall in funding for the garden project.

She added: “We were talking about a £1.4m scheme, if the initial application had gone through. Because of the extra costs we’ve incurred, we are now some way short of that figure.

“We are in discussions with planners about the various conditions attached to the permission - and what they think are the priority areas of the renovation.

“Unfortunately, we won’t be able to do everything we had planned but I’m sure the gardens will look magnificent. We can’t wait to get started.”

Miss Brearly confirmed the hotel had a developer in mind who would build the new homes in keeping with the character of Woodhall Spa.

She confirmed an agreement was close but was reluctant to reveal any details - until contracts are signed.

It’s thought the gardens, when finished, will be a major new tourist destination, preserving the award-winning hotel’s future and generating new jobs.