New plan to create £15m holiday park

By Martin Neville

Saturday, February 22, 2014

 

New plan to create £15m holiday park

The former Warners Holiday Camp at Wootton.

MULTI-MILLION pound plans to redevelop a derelict Isle of Wight holiday camp have been unveiled.

Darwin, the UK’s fourth largest holiday park operator, plans to invest £15 million in the former Warners Holiday Camp at Woodside Bay, near Wootton, creating around 50 jobs.

The company is submitting revised proposals for 128 holiday lodges — a reduction from the 150 lodges and 36 apartments which currently has permission — together with new leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, spa and gym complex, as well as a restaurant and cafe bar.

Around £1.5 million would also be spent on road improvements from the adopted section of New Road to the new Woodside Bay entrance.

As a year-round resort, many of the new jobs would be permanent, while a limited membership scheme would open up the on-site facilities to residents, the company said.

It said it hoped to start work this summer and would take around a year to complete.

A spokesperson said: "We understand our plans may cause some disruption to people who live along New Road and in the Woodside area during construction.

"We have established good communication links with the parish council and Woodside Residents’ Association and would wish to continue working closely with them throughout the construction period.

"The park is in a beautiful woodland setting and one of our main priorities is to ensure the park will be as sensitive to this as possible.

"We have worked with Natural England and the Isle of Wight Council’s biodiversity officer to ensure important habitats are not affected by the proposals."

The 35-acre site had lain derelict for many years, attracting vandalism and anti-social behaviour. It was acquired by Darwin in July 2010.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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