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Holiday firm Center Parcs unveils new £400m site Oldhouse Warren, Crawley

Popular family holiday company Center Parcs has announced it will open a sixth site in the UK.

The firm, which employs thousands of staff at its 400-acre site in rural Suffolk just outside Thetford, has picked West Sussex for its next expansion area.

The site in Elveden Forest sits alongside sister sites in Sherwood Forest, Longleat Forest, Woburn Forest, Whinfell Forest and Longford Forest in Ireland and they attract around 1.8 million holidaymakers each year.

Exclusive Lodge Center Parcs
Exclusive Lodge Center Parcs

The cost of a stay ranges from £359 to a whopping £3,499 for a three-night stay.

The new resort will stretch across an impressive 553-acres of privately owned woodland at Oldhouse Warren in Crawley, West Sussex.

Up to 900 lodges are planned for the new site, with applications intended for next summer. The development should take around five years to complete with a possible opening date of 2026.

Subtropical Swimming Paradise
Subtropical Swimming Paradise

It is expected the new site will cost £350m - £400m to build. The West Sussex getaway will create 1,500 permanent jobs and 1,000 temporary jobs in construction.

Martin Dalby, Centre Parcs chief executive, said: “It is really exciting to have identified a potential site for another Center Parcs village in the UK. The proposal we will be submitting will create a significant number of jobs and bring major benefits to the local and national economy."

Alongside the lodges, the new grounds will include a Subtropical Swimming Paradise, Aqua Sauna Spa, a range of restaurants and more.

Brad Hyler, managing partner and head of European real estate at Brookfield asset management, said: “Center Parcs is the destination of choice for short breaks in the UK and as owners, we are excited to support its expansion with plans for the sixth UK holiday village. We look forward to continuing to work with the Center Parcs team on delivering this exciting development and the economic benefits it will bring to the local area.”

The new grounds will now go through rigorous site surveys and pre-planning works to ensure the woodland meets the specific requirements of a Center Parcs village.

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