CONSTRUCTION of the fifth Center Parcs holiday park is set to begin next year, bosses revealed this week.
Plans to open the new holiday village at Warren Wood in Millbrook have now moved a step closer to completion, after Center Parcs completed all of its planning conditions, including building a brand new roundabout in Millbrook to improve access.
The company is currently going through the tendering process to find a construction firm to award the lucrative contract to.
Public relations manager at Center Parcs Simon Kay said: “We have now completed everything we needed to do prior to completion, which we are delighted with.
“We have transformed what was a very bad junction into a brand new roundabout on the A507 at Millbrook, built right of way footpaths and there is a brand new cycle route.
“We are really pleased with how things are progressing and we are still on schedule for a 2013 opening. Our next big job is the tendering process, which we are currently doing and once that has been secured then construction will begin.”
The 341-acre plot of land will be transformed into a forest holiday village that will include 700 villas, 75 bedroom hotels, and 12 bedroom staff accommodation.
The development that will cost around £160million to build, will also include central buildings and facilities, 1,400 car parking spaces, main access onto Fordfield Road, engineering operations and lakes.
Councillor Ken Matthews, executive member for economic development and strategic planning at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The development of Center Parcs will bring major benefits to the local area, not only by creating lots of new jobs, but making our local economy and tourism thrive.
“The council has worked closely with Center Parcs over a number of months to ensure that all the planning issues are resolved.
“This included the need for an employment strategy, local procurement plan and an ecology management plan for the site. All these have been received and agreed.
“The Millbrook roundabout and new public footpath was opened on the September 15 and now plans are all go to begin the construction of the forest village itself.”
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