According to the Shropshire Star, Downing has proposed a 63-room hotel with pool, spa and restaurant be built on his 320-acre Astbury Hall estate.
Downing said: “I am speaking to various corporations about investment and I’m optimistic we can start pushing through with the plans for development this year. The next step is putting together all the costing of everything, which includes the golf, practice areas and purpose built clubhouse – as well as the hotel, leisure and spa facilities. I’m 60 years old now so I really want to get things completed – that’s always been the endgame.”
The former rock star explained that this is a very personal project, not just a business venture, saying, “I have spent most of my own personal fortune on this. It’s been hard work but also rewarding and enjoyable to see it grow and grow, but I’m now keen to speed up the process.”