Center Parcs wants to build a new £400m holiday park just 90 minutes from Portsmouth

Center Parcs has announced that it wants to open a new £400m holiday park about 90 minutes away from Portsmouth.

By Matthew Mohan-Hickson
Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 10:47 am
This is what a stay at the Centre Parcs could look like. Picture: Centre Parcs
This is what a stay at the Centre Parcs could look like. Picture: Centre Parcs

The company has identified a site near Crawley, West Sussex, to open the new attraction.

It would be the sixth Center Parcs site in the UK.

In a statement online, the company said: ‘We have secured an option agreement to acquire 553 acres of woodland off Balcombe Road in Worth, West Sussex.

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‘The forest has been chosen because of its location (to the south of London) and its excellent transport links.

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‘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.

‘We anticipate the development would add an additional £40m to the local economy each year.’

According to Google Maps the site off Balcombe Road in Worth is around an 84 minute drive from Portsmouth – just under an hour and a half.

Center Parcs says that it hopes to submit a planning application in 2022.

CEO Martin Dalby said: ‘It’s really exciting to have identified a potential site for another Center Parcs village in the UK.

‘Today’s announcement marks the first step of a long journey, and there is still a huge amount of work to be done before we can submit a planning application.

‘The proposal we will be submitting will create a significant number of jobs and bring major benefits to the local and national economy.’

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