PM welcomes £250m Centre Parcs site

Work is due to start on Centre Parcs fifth site this year.

The new Bedfordshire based centre will be built by the village of Woburn and is due to be opened by 2014.

The plans for a fifth park have been welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron, who stated it would be good for the UK economy.

The park will feature 625 lodges, a hotel, swimming pool and a number of leisure facilities costing a total of around £250million.

Mr Cameron said: ‘Center Parcs is much loved by many and this new site is not only great news for holiday makers but great news for the economy too.

‘This expansion and the jobs that it brings will be a real boost to growth and a sign of the increasing investor confidence that there is too.’

The holiday organisation, who already has parks at Whinfell Forest in Cumbria, Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, and Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, said the construction project would be ‘the largest of its type in Britain for many years’.

The building of the new park comes as the organisation celebrates its 25th birthday.

The company sort out the site in Warren Wood in 2004 but struggled to get planning permission following protests about the green belt.

The company did not get planning permission until 2007.



Center Parcs chief executive Martin Dalby said the site is in ‘a fantastic location’ because it is an hour’s drive away from the north of London near the M1 motorway.

He said: ‘We think this will be extremely successful. It’s fantastic news for the local economy.’