With UK holidays more popular than ever – thanks to our great friend, the pandemic – there’s never been a better time for Center Parcs to expand, and this week they announced the location of their brand spanking new village.
The new proposed site is just outside of Crawley, West Sussex, and whilst there’s no confirmed open date just yet, the company have said that they’re hoping to submit a planning application next year.
It is likely, that as with the other sites, the new location will host lodges, a range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, a Subtropical Swimming Paradise, a variety of restaurants and shops and an Aqua Sana Spa.
Center Parcs said: “We have acquired an option agreement to acquire 553 acres of woodland off Balcombe Road in Worth, West Sussex. The forest has been chosen because of its location (to the south of London) and its excellent travel links.”
“The development is expected to cost between £350m and £400m and will create around 1,500 permanent local jobs once operational, as well as around 1,000 jobs during construction.”
The new site will join five existing parks in the UK: Sherwood Forest (Nottinghamshire), Woburn (Bedfordshire), Whinfell (Lake District), Elvedon (Norfolk) and Longleat (Wiltshire).
A sixth site opened in Ireland in 2019 and is located in County Longford.