Heritage bosses ‘strongly support’ popular Chesterfield venue’s plans to extend spa

Heritage chiefs say they ‘strongly support’ a Chesterfield venue’s plans to extend its spa.

Tuesday, 16th November 2021, 10:56 am

Ringwood Hall in Brimington has submitted a planning application to Chesterfield Borough Council to enhance its current Garden Secret Spa – creating treatment rooms, a sauna, a fire pit and two outdoor pools within a disused part of its grounds.

Chesterfield and District Civic Society has been consulted on the proposals.

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Ringwood Hall's current Garden Secret Spa.

Its chair Philip Riden said: “We wish strongly to support the application.

“It will bring back into beneficial use the former kitchen garden of the hall, which has obviously been derelict for some years.

“The proposed new buildings appear to us imaginatively designed and to fit in well with the existing boundary walls, which will be largely retained.

“The new development will considerably enhance the Ringwood Hall estate, as well – we hope – as bringing more turnover for the business.

“On all counts this seems to us an excellent scheme which we hope will go ahead.”

According to a planning statement submitted to the borough council on behalf of the applicant, the proposal would ‘create approximately 30 more jobs’ and ‘create another award-winning spa … giving people the opportunity to relax in a spacious and safe environment’, helping to ‘put Chesterfield on the map’.

The documents add: “Since the pandemic, clients are more aware than ever of the benefits of looking after themselves and their well-being.

“The proposed development would allow the necessary growth and and be able to compete with some of the country’s finest spa destinations such as Champneys in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate, Ragdale Hall Spa in Melton Mowbray, Carden Park in Chester and Low Wood Bay in Windermere.

“This in turn would attract clients to Chesterfield not only to enjoy the facilities at Ringwood, but also to take in all that the Peak District has to offer on their doorstep.”

The new facility would be open seven-days-a-week, including Bank Holidays, from 9am to 9pm.

It is not yet known when a decision on the application will be made.

For more information about Grade II-listed Ringwood Hall, visit www.ringwoodhallhotel.com

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