Controversial plans for a new hotel in Styal has divided opinion in the village.

An application for the new business, which will feature 35 bedrooms, a restaurant, bar, spa, yoga and dance room and leisure facilities covering approximately 4.24 acres within the Green Belt, has been submitted to the council.

Developer Lee Brown wants to build the hotel on the historic former Greg estate at Lode Hill, Altrincham Road, which has acted as a car park for the last few years.

The plot is also part of the Styal Conservation area and is designated as an ‘Area of Special County Landscape’.

In total 15 letters objecting to the plans have been submitted to the council as part of a consultation which is due to last until Friday (February 27).

Within the objections villagers say they fear the hotel, restaurant, spa and fitness club will be an eyesore and that it will be out of character compared with the properties that surround it.

Some also state that the plans do not include adequate car parking spaces for the amount of visitors the hotel is likely to attract, and cite noise pollution as a concern.

In a letter submitted to the council, Nick Pentith, who lives on Hollins Lane, said: “The proposed scheme is inappropriate development in the green belt and not in accordance with national guidelines.”

At the moment the plans include 37 car parking spaces.

But Mr Brown, who lives at the site and runs an airport car storage business there, says in his application that some of his hotel guests will arrive by bus and train into Styal village.

Altogether six letters have been submitted supporting the application.

Neda Metcalfe, of Stanneylands Drive, said in a statement of support: “I support this application as I use Styal road daily and in my opinion it can only reduce the amount of traffic using this road due to one less large airport parking facility.

“I am sure this facility will be popular to take friends and business colleagues to dine and enjoy the facilities.”

Others cite the fact that the creation of a new business will bring jobs to the village, as well as giving residents somewhere new to eat, swim and use leisure facilities.

To view and comment on the planning application go to and then to application number 15/0283M.

More than 50 people packed into Styal’s Methodist Church to discuss the proposal at the latest meeting of the village’s parish council. The council will formally vote on the proposals on Monday, March 2, at a meeting at the church which starts at 7.30pm.

Mr Brown declined to comment.