FWP Designed Holiday Village Destination Gets The Green Light From Planners

A stylish multi-million pound upmarket rural holiday retreat on a former golf course near Preston, created by FWP, has been given the go-ahead by city planners.

The site in the village of Goosnargh will now be totally transformed into a high-end tourism destination with a range of luxury lodge accommodation and visitor attractions.

Leading architecture, design and masterplanning practice FWP has worked with Preston-based GHV Limited, the developers behind the project, to design an environment where people can relax and reconnect with nature.

Their eco-friendly plans for Goosnargh Holiday Village include 130 stylish holiday lodges, set among woodland and ponds enhanced for biodiversity and beauty.

A mix of single storey, one, two and three bed lodges, each will have a garden space, deck and terrace overlooking the magnificent views. They will also have their own car parking.

The village will have a central hub building, with a restaurant and bar, along with a farm shop selling local goods, produce, crafts and souvenirs. There will also be a tranquil café with outdoor seating.

Other amenities for guests to enjoy include a luxury spa, state-of-the-art gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, tennis courts and games rooms.

The destination will include 14 office pods for people to rent if they are looking to work remotely and catch up on business while away on their holiday break.

The holiday village will create an estimated 100 jobs locally and the plans have been drawn up following extensive local public consultation, with the FWP team working to ensure that the scheme is in keeping with the rural nature of its location.

The golf course has been closed since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and the FWP blueprint will bring the land back into use.

Neil Ainsworth, partner at Preston-headquartered FWP, said: “We’re delighted that our carefully thought out plans for Goosnargh Holiday Village have been approved by Preston City Council planners.

“We have worked hard to create a very special place, a rural retreat to help people reconnect with the great outdoors.

“The lodges are modern and stylish and in keeping with the location and the attractions planned, including the spa, will also make staying in the village a memorable experience.

“We’ve placed nature and the environment at the heart of the plans, with woodland and water features creating stunning views and a real sense of tranquillity.

“Goosnargh Holiday Village will be a fantastic place for people looking to get away from it all.

“Sitting on the edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) it will also be an ideal base for visitors looking to explore Lancashire and all it has to offer, from the coast to the fells.

“The village promises to deliver a welcome boost to local businesses and the rural economy; increasing the visitor spend, as well as creating jobs.”

The project team includes PWA Planning as planning consultant, FPCR as landscape architect, Miller Goodall as noise and air quality consultant, Eddisons as traffic engineer, and Allen Archaeology as the heritage and archaeology consultant.

FWP, which has offices in Preston, Manchester, and London, has a strong record of delivery in the hospitality and tourism sector.

It provided its full range of services for the comprehensive internal remodelling of Rheged, near Penrith, one of Cumbria’s top tourist attractions.

And its designers have been involved the ongoing upgrade of Lake District Hotels’ flagship properties across Cumbria – delivering contemporary bedrooms and public spaces.

FWP has also led on the development of The Hotel Chester, one of several upmarket hospitality projects it has delivered for hotelier Walker & Williams that have included The Winckley Square Hotel in Preston.

It is currently working on the redevelopment of Ormskirk’s former magistrates court building into a stylish aparthotel for the family-run hotel group.