Project overview

Client: The Villa Limited
Location: Brettargh Holt, Levens, Kendal
Sector: Hotels and Leisure (Other)
Project status: In progress

PWA Planning secured full planning permission for a change of use of a former residential institution to create a hotel, restaurant, function and conference facility and manager’s living accommodation in Cumbria.


What we did


PWA Planning was retained by The Villa Group to provide planning and development advice in connection with the conversion of the historic Brettargh Holt, which was originally built as a Victorian country residence in 1875, into a luxury hotel, with wedding, function and conferencing facilities.

PWA Planning, working alongside experienced architects FWP, prepared a robust planning application which responded to the challenges of the development and the historic site and building. Promoting the exemplary track record of the Villa Group in delivering high quality hotel development, PWA were able to reassure South Lakeland District Council of the overall benefits of the scheme to the local economy. Permission was granted in 2014 and the conversion work is well underway, with the site to be known as The Villa at Levens. It is anticipated the facility will be open to the general public in late 2015 and will undoubtedly become one of the premier hotel and wedding venues in the South Lakes area.


What our client said

“PWA Planning used its considerable expertise and experience to respond to the planning challenges presented by Brettargh Holt. Matters were dealt with quickly and effectively, allowing the scheme to progress to construction without delay. I can highly commend PWA on an exemplary service.”
Simon Rigby, CEO, The Rigby Organisation, owners of Villa Group