Formby Hall Golf Club resort and Spa has been running without the correct planning permission and will have to go before a planning committee who will decide whether to grant retrospective permission at a meeting on Wednesday 19th October.
The owners of the Formby resort have been forced to apply for planning permission to continue operating it as a hotel. Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa have been using a section of the facility as an luxury hotel for several years.
The original planning application was granted for residential housing for PGA academy golfers, which would mean that the current use is in breach of the the original planning permission.
The resort owners have now applied to Sefton Council for retrospective permission for the change of use from residential to leisure.
The council's report on the application states: "The use has been operating in breach of previous planning permissions for a number of years due to the use of the on-site residential and leisure facilities by persons other than those engaged in golf related activities."
The application has been supported by the PGA, which has moved to make clear that the facility still fulfills its duty to help young golfers and also stated that the resort and spa facilities provide essential revenue for the facility.
A planning committee meeting will make the decision this Wednesday 19th October but a planning officer for Sefton Council has recommended approving the plan.