“Stop order” on building work at Thorney Lakes
Peterborough City Council has issued stop and enforcement orders at Thorney Lakes Golf Club to prevent further work.
The order came into effect on July 18 after two previous visits by city council planning offers.
In the first visit on June 14, officers found workmen laying hardcore and advised them that there was no planning permission and they should stop work. A follow-up visit on June 28 found no further work had taken place.
However, since then, a concrete base has been laid and hardcore put down for other bases.
No planning application has been made for any development on the site, although the Thorney Lakes website has pictures of the lodges to be built, along with a sales hotline.
When the Thorney Post called the sales number quoted on the golf club website, we were told lodges would be available to buy soon and a show site was to be built.
We asked how many would be built we were told that depended on planning permission and when we asked where they would be, we were told we could visit the site and see the bases being laid for the first lodges.
The sales office told us the lodges were not residential and would be for leisure use only. There would be two-bedroom lodges retailing at around £150,000 and some with one bedroom at a later stage around the £100,000 mark.
Thorney Golf Course is owned by Neil Morgan, who owns a number of leisure facilities, including Tallington Lakes.
We have asked Mr Morgan for an interview or a statement and he has said he does not wish to comment.
The Thorney Lakes website, under the heading “Escape from everyday life at Thorney Lakes” says:
“At Thorney Lakes you can choose from our extensive range of luxury lifestyle lodges with stunning views. Taking a tour around one of our individually designed show homes proves just how attractive countryside living can be. As well as a stylish interior with every modern convenience, each home is set in its own generous plot with plenty of room for outside living – we also help you to make the most of your outdoor space with our free design service.
“Located in beautiful countryside you will feel like you have escaped to a new world. Where the pace of life is slower and you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings. An ideal place for golf lovers or for people looking for a retreat that is a haven of tranquility. A place where you can relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.”