Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Dawn Ward has been given the green light to turn her £14.5million mansion into a luxury spa hotel after complaining about £100,000-year fuel bills.
The interior designer and ex-Premier League footballer husband Ashley have been granted planning permission to transform Warford Hall into a “boutique spa retreat” with an extension to incorporate a pool complex and guest rooms.Dawn Ward and husband Ashley have been granted permission[/caption]
Councillors in Cheshire gave the go-head to works despite Dawn’s neighbours saying that the proposals will be excessively noisy and result in traffic chaos.
The spa will include a heated swimming pool, massage and therapy facilities and hotel accommodation for 30 people.
The couple have struggled to sell the 12-acre property and claim it costs over £100,000 a year in utility bills alone and needs three gardeners to maintain the grounds.
Cheshire East Council said: “Change of use from dwelling house with B1 Business to C1 Spa Hotel and associated two storey rear extension and pool to accommodate high quality guest facilities.The impressive house is becoming a spa[/caption] showcasing the fireplace and staircase[/caption]
“In pursuance of its powers under the above Act, the Council hereby GRANTS planning permission for the above development in accordance with the application and accompanying plans submitted.
“The development hereby approved shall commence within three years of the date of this permission.”
The council said that the pools cannot be used before 7am and after 8pm on weekends and no amplified music was allowed outside in the gardens.
And it imposed strict rules on food smells and other potential noise issues, stating: “Prior to first use of the approved Spa Hotel Retreat, a scheme of odour / noise control shall be submitted to and approved in writing Local Planning Authority.The stylish wooden kitchen[/caption]
“The scheme shall include details of the filtration and extraction system to control the discharge of odours and fumes arising from food handling, preparation and cooking.
“Reason: To protect nearby residents from undue noise and disturbance (including fumes, odours and vibration) that would cause demonstrable harm to residential amenity.”
The 10-bed mansion is one of the largest buildings in one of the most affluent areas of the country, dating back to the 19th century.
The spa will include a heated swimming pool, massage and therapy facilities and hotel accommodation for 30 people.The impressive swimming pool[/caption]
It currently includes a games room, play rooms, cinema room, a bar and a sunroom.
Speaking of their development plans, planning agents Arista Design Ltd said in documents: “Warford Hall would remain as a building of the highest calibre, benefiting from a significant upgrade and investment in landscaping creating stunning grounds.
“The proposal is to change the use of Warford hall from a dwelling with ancillary offices to a luxury, boutique spa retreat.
“There would be overnight guest accommodation made available in association with this use.
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“The Hall and associated outbuildings will be refurbished and extended to provide a total of 16 bedrooms and a new spa facility will form part of the new extension works, which is similar in scale to the extension.
However, one neighbour said in the planning documents: “We object as the venue would inevitably want to expand into a late night, drinking and party destination that would disrupt all who live surrounding Warford Hall.”
Another told the council: “As a local resident I feel very strongly that Warford Hall should remain as a private residence. It is a a quiet residential area and should remain so.”