Green light for historic hotel and golf venue

The green light has been given for multimillion-pound plans to create a holiday venue in Shropshire for an estate once owned by a Judas Priest star. The hotel was originally built during the reign of Henry III in the 13th century and includes a championship golf course. The plans for the Astbury Hall Estate near Bridgnorth were first submitted in December[1] by owner FCFM Group, which acquired the site in 2018 after it went into administration in October 2017[2].

The estate had been owned by Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing after he bought it in 1985. The Astbury is a par 71, 18-hole championship golf course used by both professionals and amateur golfers and sits within more than 300 acres of land belonging to the estate. Green light for historic hotel and golf venue

Astbury Hall is a Georgian-designed stately home located close to Chelmarsh. Originally built during the 13th century, the building was destroyed by fire in 1889, and the present Astbury Hall was rebuilt in 1891 by the mayor of Bridgnorth Edmund Southwell. The applicant has said the plans for the site include golf, tennis and spa facilities as well as nearly 300 wooden lodges and would create 120 jobs.

Four applications were submitted to Shropshire Council for the site and were approved at a meeting on Tuesday 12 March. The first included a leisure and spa building, two swimming pools, a farm shop, function room, restaurant and spa as well as an outdoor lido, tennis courts, bowling greens, a nine-hole golf course and an 18-hole putting green. Green light for historic hotel and golf venue

The second and third applications included 135 and 140 holiday let lodges situated around the 354-acre estate while the fourth was for the erection of a bar/ restaurant building. Astbury Hall will be retained as the gold clubhouse with the upper floors used as offices. A document submitted to the council on behalf of the applicant said: "The overarching objective of this development proposal is to create a world class holiday destination with luxury holiday accommodation and associated leisure and health spa facilities.

"The estate must function primarily as a self-contained destination in its rural setting.

"The new resort will also interconnect with other local attractions enhancing the area's leisure offer to mutual benefit and economic prosperity."


  1. ^ first submitted in December (
  2. ^ went into administration in October 2017 (

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