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The All Saints Hotel in Fornham St Genevieve outside Bury St Edmunds submits plans to make room for six wooden cabins

The All Saints Hotel in Fornham St Genevieve outside Bury St Edmunds submits plans to make room for six wooden cabins

A popular hotel has submitted plans to change the use of its golf course to make room for six wooden cabins.

The All Saints Hotel in Fornham St Genevieve outside Bury St Edmunds is applying to West Suffolk Council for planning permission to convert part of the square to accommodate a group of sleeping pods.

A recent review of the hotel’s 18-hole golf course resulted in the relocation of the 10th hole to a more central, open fairway zone along the north-eastern boundary, which is currently used for practice.

All Saints Hotel. Image: Mark Bullimore Photography

Once relocated, the empty fairway strip could be used for one- and two-bedroom apartments, which, if plans are approved, would be built within 100 meters of the hotel.

Access to the pods would be possible on foot or by golf cart. The new accommodation is aimed at golfers and guests looking for a short break.

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A planning document from the applicant states that these prefabricated wooden containers would be clad in natural wood planks or roof shingles. Because they are mobile and sit on wheeled trailers, they technically fall into the category of caravans and therefore do not require special planning permission.

If approved, the six pods would be built in the former 10th hole area. Image: All Saints Hotel

However, residents have raised objections on West Suffolk Council’s planning portal, raising concerns about overdevelopment, increased noise pollution and the risk of flooding.

One objection was that the proposed realignment of the 10th hole could result in golfers hitting their tee shots towards those using the public footpath along the River Lark and their final shots towards the houses in Birkdale Court.

If approved, the lodges would face the River Lark. However, the Environment Agency has confirmed that the area earmarked for the plans is in Flood Zone 1, an area with a low likelihood of flooding.

The plans are currently awaiting a decision from West Suffolk Council.