Center Parcs celebrates new village

BOSSES at Center Parcs today revealed they are to open Britain's fifth woodland holiday village. The new village, which will be similar to the one in Elveden near Thetford, will be built at Warren Wood, near Woburn in Bedfordshire.

BOSSES at Center Parcs today revealed they are to open Britain's fifth woodland holiday village.

The new village, which will be similar to the one in Elveden near Thetford, will be built at Warren Wood, near Woburn in Bedfordshire.

The news comes after the firm won a planning appeal in its battle to get the go-ahead.

Center Parcs said it is investing £200m on the site, which is expected to open in 2010.


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The new village will be built in an area of woodland, currently managed for commercial forestry use by the Bedford Estate and will create 1,400 non-seasonal jobs.

Center Parcs Warren Wood will comprise 700 forest villas, a 75 bed hotel and spa with 12 associated spa apartments.

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It will also have two main centres including indoor sports, swimming pool, restaurants and retail outlets.

In addition there will be outdoor sports and leisure facilities and a lake.

The firm said the development of Warren Wood will generate significant economic benefit to the region including:

N An investment of £2m to improve the infrastructure around the new village including improvements to the A507.

N An injection to the Bedfordshire economy through the use of local and regional suppliers and contractors.

N The creation of a new public right of way within the Bedford Estate and the planting of approx 500 000 of new trees

N The improvement and sustainability of local biodiversity, with significant benefits to habitat, birds, mammals, flora and insect life.

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