A LUXURY hotel will transform the historic Bretton Hall estate and bring 400 jobs to the city.
A planning application for a 120-bedroom hotel and business park will be submitted to Wakefield Council next week.
The project would 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).
It will be be either a 4 or 5 star hotel depending on which operator developers Rushbond Plc can attract to run it.
Rushbond have been working with the council and the YSP, and hope the hotel could become a major venue for meetings, weddings and conferences.
Managing director Jonathan Maud said: “The submission of the planning application is an important milestone in our shared vision to transform Bretton Hall into a truly stunning hotel and business park, in a unique landscape, that will attract new businesses to the region and create long term sustainable employment.”
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.
Council leader Coun Peter Box said: “This is an important and exciting project for Wakefield that will provide the city with a much-needed luxury hotel, helping to create jobs and investment in the business sector.”
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.