PLANS for a luxury hotel at the historic Bretton Hall estate have been submitted to Wakefield Council.
If permission is granted, the project will involve a refurbishment of the existing grade-II listed Georgian mansion, and the building of a new bedroom wing, within the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).
The 120-bedroom hotel would be either 4 or 5 star, depending on which operator developers Rushbond Plc can attract to run it.
And planning reports have revealed proposals to demolish certain parts of the estate, and carry out refurbishments and extensions to other parts.
The report said a library, tutorial wing, finance office, bungalow, part of a refectory and some residential blocks would be demolished, as they are of low architectural quality.
A stable block, gym, theatre and the Ezra Taylor building would all be refurbished, with some of them becoming new creative studios.
As well as the hotel, developers want to provide 39,000 sq ft of refurbished pavilion-style office space.
And developers claim the whole development could provide up to 400 jobs.
If planning permission is granted, construction could begin in February next year.
And the initial phase, providing a 77-bedroom hotel and ofﬁce space, would be complete by end of 2014.
When the hotel was announced last month, Rushbond’s managing director Jonathan Maud said: “The submission of the planning application is an important milestone in our shared vision sympathetically to transform Bretton Hall into a truly stunning hotel and business park opportunity, in a unique landscape, that will attract new businesses to the region and create long term sustainable employment.”
The council bought Bretton Hall from the University of Leeds after it was closed as a campus in 2007.
Council bosses are currently ﬁghting plans for a two-year opencast mining scheme just 1km from Bretton Hall, which they believe would put the plan at risk.
Planning bosses wrote a lengthy objection letter to Kirklees Council after the scheme was announced.