Center Parcs has secured an option agreement to acquire privately owned woodland at Oldhouse Warren in Worth, Crawley, West Sussex.
The 553-acres of woodland has been identified as a suitable site due to its location to the south of London and its excellent transport links.
Center Parcs will now undertake rigorous site surveys and pre-planning works to ensure the woodland meets the specific requirements of a Center Parcs village, as well as carrying out a programme of community engagement with a view to submitting a planning application to the local authority in due course.
In line with the other Center Parcs villages, it is intended that the site at Oldhouse Warren will include lodges, a range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, a Subtropical Swimming Paradise, a variety of restaurants and shops and an Aqua Sana Spa.
The development is expected to cost between £350m and £400m and create approximately 1,500 permanent local jobs once operational and a further 1,000 jobs during construction.
Center Parcs’ villages are designed to blend into the existing landscape, with no visual impact on the surrounding area, and the company says it is committed to both protecting and enhancing the forests in which their holiday villages are located. The new village will be constructed and operated in the most sustainable way possible.
“It is really exciting to have identified a potential site for another Center Parcs village in the UK,” said Center Parcs’ CEO, Martin Dalby.