FORMER University of Leeds Campus Bretton Hall is set to be transformed in to a 120-bedroom luxury hotel and business park after planning permission for a first phase of development was granted.
Leeds-based developer Rushbond won planning consent from Wakefield Council last February for an ambitious project to breathe new life in to Grade II-listed Georgian mansion Bretton Hall, in the grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Now Rushbond has been granted detailed planning permission to transform Bretton Hall, which dates back to the 1700s, in to a 40-bedroom hotel and spa with restaurants, conference room and wedding facilities..
Rushbond is planning three-storey extensions to the north and east wings of the hall to create 80 more bedrooms. Planning permission has also been granted for the first phase of a new business park at the site.
Belinda Eldridge, director of operations at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, said: “We are very excited to be working with Rushbond on their plans for Bretton Hall, which will safeguard its future, compliment the unique role and setting of Yorkshire Sculpture Park and contribute towards the local economy.”
Mark Finch, director of the Bretton Investment Partnership, which is part of the Rushbond Group, said “We are delighted that our plans for the first phase of the Bretton Hall scheme, comprising of a 40 bedroom luxury hotel alongside the first element of a creative business and innovation hub, have now been granted.”
Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “Bretton Hotel and Spa will be a huge asset to the area.”