20/00519/FUL | Additional tourism and interrelated leisure development, comprising 70 holiday lodges with associated change of use of the land within two areas of the site, alterations to existing Bunsay clubhouse, extension of Bunsay car park and new golf academy.
Becoming an activity and holiday destination to rival any
Creating a legacy for the local community
Making every visit a memory for life
The Warren Estate proposes to build a new and unique short break holiday and leisure destination for Maldon. Key elements of the development with a cost to build investment of £7 million include:
Two completely new lodge parks, designed to appeal to distinct customer profiles with both bringing extensive tourism, economic and employment benefit to the district.
For families, a 50 lodge holiday park providing an experience focused on participation and enjoyment of a wide selection of predominately outdoor activities and pursuits.
For adults, a smaller and secluded 20 lodge holiday park for guests seeking a restful weekend or short break in the Essex countryside.
Full refurbishment of the existing Bunsay clubhouse with an extended bar/grill and indoor activities hall for the use of holiday guests.
A purpose-built golf academy designed to drive increased local engagement and continued participation in the sport.
Headline benefit to Maldon and surrounding districts.
Net impact of £3.9 million and 97 FTE jobs across three districts of Essex.
An immediate increase of income of between 1.8% and 2% to the latest values of tourism to Maldon, and an increase in the number of FTE employment of between 4.2% and 5.3%.
Increase in staying visitor nights could add £677k to the Maldon economy.
£700k increase in annual spend on products and services by The Warren Estate within the Maldon district.
Source: Tourism Development at The Warren Estate Report Findings - Destination Research 2019
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Warren Lodges North will be a 50 lodge family orientated holiday resort licenced under the Hoseasons GO ACTIVE park brand. Throughout the design process we have focused on creating a sympathetic scheme that sits effortlessly within its surroundings, minimises impact on the environment and keeps our existing wildlife as a main focal point of the park.
Two accessibility lodges are included in the design with pathway access to all clubhouse facilities.
Hoseasons - Go Active
Hoseason’s will be our preferred partner in terms of positioning, marketing and booking for the 50 lodge family orientated park. Their GO ACTIVE brand is available only to short break holiday parks which can provide a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for guests. Aimed at active families who wish to get out and explore their locality while participating in as many pursuits as possible, the GO ACTIVE brand will allow us to offer and promote a holiday experience unique in Essex.
There is a real gap in the market in Essex for a rural, experiential holiday village like this. Other counties with similar holiday parks/resorts do extremely well and there is no reason why one in Essex would not thrive given our easy access and drier/ warmer climate. Furthermore it would offer a great facility to the local population and could provide great educational experiences.
Please watch to see what a GO ACTIVE park can offer tourist visitors to the Maldon area
It was great to meet with you to appreciate the sheer potential that you have at The Warren Estate. It’s certainly exciting and clear that you are extremely passionate about the project. You’re in a fantastic location given the catchment area and lack of competition offering a similar ‘resort style’ experience.
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Internal alterations are planned within the existing clubhouse for the Bunsay Golf Course with an extended bar/grill plus outdoor terrace, new children’s soft play area and activities hall to serve holiday park residents and local community. The footprint of the existing clubhouse building will remain the same. While the current building comprises a number of different materials the alterations will result in a more unified, attractive looking building.
Wayside Retreat will be a 20 luxury lodge development aimed at adults only. This site is naturally screened by the existing woodland, allowing for the perfect private location.
A new part single/part two storey building which makes use of the slope of the land to blend into the surroundings. The building will be home to a new golf academy facility including specialist teaching and custom fit bays, classroom, putting studio, waiting area and six additional teaching/practice bays.
Driving Participation in Golf
To mitigate the closing of 3 holes on the Bunsay Golf course and 1 hole on Badgers Par 3 course a new Golf Academy building has been purposely designed to maximise the capacity and opportunity for local people of all ages to learn and improve at the game of golf. We believe the potential outputs detailed in the graphic below will far outweigh a reduction of just over 12 % in golf course capacity across the estate and less than 0.3 % within Essex*.
Please note the intention is to maintain a full membership and daily play offer at Bunsay Golf Club with improved clubhouse facilities and 9, 12, or 18-hole options available to play. The 18-hole golf course at The Warren is unaffected by this proposed development.
(*based on 74 affiliated golf clubs with 1,296 holes in total - Essex Golf Union website)
In consultation with EECOS and our landscape, buildings and lodge architects we have designed each element of this development within the following principles and guidelines.
Warren Lodges North
Create a layout that is sympathetic to the area context and setting, utilising an unregimented and well-spaced scheme.
Use the natural change in ground levels within this area so the lodges have very low visibility from the highway.
Reduce the impact on the environment, retain a rural feel and reduce hard surfaces by using grass crete roads throughout the site, portraying an impression the roads have always been in situ.
Integrate the site with the natural habitats by making the two pond areas into focal points, encouraging wildlife to flourish within a sustainable habitat.
Predominantly outside of the lodge development but within the general area allow extensive and designated growth and maintenance of long grasses, creating connectivity corridors between the ponds and woodland edge or hedgerows through which wildlife can migrate safely.
Minimise any removal of trees and add new trees and shrubs to retain a natural view and maintain connectivity for wildlife.
Reflect the barn style clubhouse that fronts the highway in the materials used within the lodge construction. Achieved by mixing black weather board cladding with terracotta and black roofing, adding interest to the design through use of a mix of cream, olive and light grey windows.
Build in a central picnic and seating area where families can meet and mix to enjoy the natural environment.
Maintain plenty of open space where children can play.
Create an adult’s luxury retreat within a secluded meadow with an established woodland edge.
Reflect this guest profile within the development layout, enhancing privacy by carefully spacing the units in a horseshoe shape and adding architectural timber slat screening to the decking areas.
Integrate the development within the natural environment and convey the appearance that the lodges have been long established. In response to guidance from our Landscape Architect we have introduced two breaks in the lodge layout to be filled with new planting.
Make provision for a grass crete road for the same reasons as detailed in Warren Lodges North.
Differentiate the style of these lodges from those in Warren Lodges North but stay in keeping with the area context, achieved by retaining a barn like pitched roof and use of natural timber cladding.
Update the clubhouse facilities for golfers, holiday park visitors and the local community.
Include an extended bar/grill family orientated restaurant facility.
Build a sizeable indoor space suitable for a wide range of adult and children’s leisure activities.
Utilise the existing building footprint but with better use of the internal space.
Build a new golf academy designed to maximise potential for increasing participation in golf.
Blend in with the existing academy facilities and the natural topography immediately behind this area.
Use a construction style which complements the existing buildings of The Warren Clubhouse.
Have the capacity and scale to support a wide range of golf coaching activities at the same time, for all ages and experience.
Provide educational and vocational opportunities through inclusion of a classroom.
Develop a facility recognised by the industry and governing bodies as a standard bearer for local and regional sports development.
Be able to support visiting groups from organisations who use golf to provide new opportunities for people with physical, mental or lifestyle challenges to overcome.
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