The swanky London private members club, Soho House, has been granted planning permission to build a new hotel and leisure complex near Great Tew.
West Oxfordshire District Council has approved the plans (reference 14/0423/P/S73) – submitted by the Soho House Group together with Great Tew Estates – to build the complex on land at Tracey Farm, which lies between Great Tew and Enstone.
The site would have 30 ‘guest cabins’ , some with what looks like either an outdoor bath or hot-tub, and would also include a fitness studio, two yoga/pilates studios, and two swimming pools – one indoor and one outdoor.
The Soho House Group has stated that its foresees the new complex as employing around 200 staff.
Plans (reference 13/0666/P/FP) were originally granted last December, but a revised application was submitted this year, making some changes to the position and elevations of buildings. This revised plan was approved by WODC last week.
The original Soho House was opened in 1995 as a private members’ club for the film, media and creative industries. It has since expanded, and as well as operating Babington House in Somerset, owns sites as far afield as Miami, New York and Hollywood.
But a warning for locals excited about having Soho House in their midst – you can only become a member of the current sites by having two current members support your membership, and membership fees for Babington House cost £600 per year if you’re under 27 (£950 if you’re over 27), with an additional registration fee of between £100 to £200. So it might be an idea to get networking and saving if you want to join!