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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by Keven Ball

24th February 2014, at 18:13:38

I agree with you Ben over the train line being connected to Newport. To think of it why doesn’t the island have a train service all around it? The island is so small this would not be too hard to do, then this can help people get around for work/jobs and to help investments like this as the island is more connectable?

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by Ben Ridley

24th February 2014, at 16:05:02

Hi Carl

I agree with you in all you have said ( save possibly the bridge ) and yes the train does need to go to Newport, what I don't get is the train not meeting ferries...I know and sorry this may be a change of subject but I believe the Islandline does the best it can in meeting the ferries, you also have to remember the ferries don't wait for the train. If everything waited for everything no one would get anywhere I believe. And the ironic part is that when you get on your train anywhere else in the world you expect it to leave on time, why should the island be any different?

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by carl palmer

24th February 2014, at 13:10:44

A new road will be a benefit; it will be interesting to see whose land they take to build it. The plans specify a minimum width that is wider than the existing one plus a foot path the entire length (even more width). On one side is a copse with trees at the road side and on the other side we have the gardens to the house boats......chop down trees or compulsory purchase of gardens...what will they decide???

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by Keven Ball

24th February 2014, at 12:02:34

100% agree with you Matthew!

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by Patrick Hall

24th February 2014, at 11:43:00

When Warner's ran the holiday camp there the biggest drawback was the very long and dreadful access road, full of potholes. During the season Southern Vectis used to put on a little bus to and from The Sloop (service 41, if I remember correctly), also serving Little Canada.
If the new developers can provide a better access road, that will also benefit the other residents of Woodside and also make it easier to visit Woodside Hall Nursing Home.

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by carl palmer

24th February 2014, at 11:21:30

true words mike.....now lets get started!

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by matthew eldridge

24th February 2014, at 09:11:36

the isle of wight needs tourists simple as they bring money onto a island in decline

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by neil jacks

23rd February 2014, at 22:00:21

and a bucket and spade mike, you best make a start soon!

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by Mike Crowe

23rd February 2014, at 19:50:32

Carl, 'A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step'

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by carl palmer

23rd February 2014, at 19:01:59

it alone wont save the island but it would be a great start

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