Plymouth hotel's £5million spa plan gets green light
A HOTEL has won planning permission to add a multi-million-pound spa.
The Herald revealed earlier this year how Plympton's historic Boringdon Hall Hotel had plans to build a luxury spa, gym and pampering centre.
Now planners have given it the thumbs-up – and hotel bosses hope work will being on the project next autumn, ready for opening in 2014.
Owner James Nettleton said: "I'm absolutely chuffed to bits. It will do Plymouth the world of good.
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"We've got a long way to go before it comes into fruition but this is fantastic news.
"We're hoping for it to open in 2014 and work will start in autumn 2013 and will take about a year to build."
Twelve bespoke treatment rooms, an indoor pool, gym, whirlpool spas and a "spatisserie" café with views over Dartmoor are set to be housed in a brand new three-storey building set into a hillside at the plush estate.
"I bought Boringdon in January of 2011," Mr Nettleton said. "I always wanted to put a spa in so I started talking to architects as soon as I bought it.
"This will help retain and preserve its history. It's a win-win situation."
The ambitious project is set to cost between £4million and £5million and could create up to 50 jobs.
The proposed 1,610sqm building is earmarked for former farmland to the rear of the Grade I-listed buildings.
Access from the Tudor-era hotel building will be via a revamped reception area.
The first floor will house the main spa entrance, changing rooms, treatment rooms, a swimming pool and gym.
Above, at roof level, will be an outdoors dining terrace boasting views over the moors.
The family-run Nettleton Group, which already owns a successful spa and two hotels in Newquay, bought Boringdon out of administration in a deal reported to have cost around £2million.