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Holiday park bosses reveal ‘big project’ at Elveden Forest site

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Center Parcs has revealed plans for an ‘exciting new project’ at its Elveden site, which could involve a total redevelopment.

A planning application has been submitted by the owners of the holiday village, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.

It proposes the construction of two new hotels with a total of 99 rooms and 11 new lodges – at the expense of the current 98 bedroom hotel’s demolition.

A new energy centre and a pottery workshop are also proposed.

A spokesman for Center Parcs said a major rebuild was ‘considered the best option’ for the ageing site.

“Our Elveden site is 25 years old, things need refurbishing and rebuilding and this was considered the best option,” he said.

“It is a really exciting development plan and an exciting opportunity for Elveden Forest.

“It is a big project, but obviously it is still subject to planning permission being granted.”

Opened in August 1989, the Elveden Village Centre was the second Center Parcs Village to be built in the UK and has welcomed more than 10 million guests.

It underwent its last major refurbishment following a fire in 2002, when it was closed for 14 months for a £60 million rebuild.

Around 1,400 staff are currently employed on the site, primarily from Thetford, Brandon and the surrounding areas.

Elveden Forest itself has also reaped rewards from the Dutch company’s settlement, which has increased its wildlife population and biodiversity.