Center Parcs unveils £350m plan to open sixth UK holiday village in Sussex

It plans on submitting a planning application to the local authority “in due course” and says the site is suitable due to its close proximity to the south of London. Just like the existing Center Parcs villages, it’s intended the new site will boast a range of lodges and cabins, as well as leisure facilities such as the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.

All villages are also home to an extensive range of restaurants, cafés and retail outlets, as well as the Aqua Sana Spa.

Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs, said: “It’s really exciting to have identified a potential site for another Center Parcs village in the UK.

“Today’s announcement marks the first step of a long journey and there is still a huge amount of work to be done before we can submit a planning application.

“As a business, we take our responsibility to the local community extremely seriously and look forward to sharing our plans as they progress.”

The development will create around 1,500 permanent local jobs and 1,000 temporary jobs during construction.

Mims Davies, Mid Sussex MP, said the park holds “massive potential rocket” for the local economy and will boost tourism in the area”.

Mid Sussex District Council Leader Jonathan Ash-Edwards added: “There is a rigorous planning process ahead, but their interest is a huge boost for the Sussex economy as it recovers from the pandemic.”

Due to Covid, Center Parcs is offering free cancellation and a full refund or a change of dates with no amendment fee within 11 weeks of the break up to 18 April 2022.

It will also email guests four weeks before their break to inform them of any changes to the facilities available.

Despite Center Parcs’ booming popularity, the holidaymakers were blasted on social media earlier this year due to rocketing prices.

Potential customers took to Twitter to express their outrage at the cost of stays during the Easter holidays.

Some stays reportedly spiked by 155 percent – costing a staggering £2,498 for a two-bedroom lodge for seven nights.

“Wonder if the politicians booked their ‘staycations’ before saying that foreign travel wasn’t looking likely this year, thus getting a cheaper price than we are all now looking at?

“Center Parcs is £1,500 more expensive than normal,” one person tweeted.

Another wrote: “Imagine the price of a Center Parcs break this summer.

“Probably about the same as the cost of a two-bed house in Scunthorpe.”

When asked about the price hike, Center Parcs said: “Like many other companies in the travel sector, our prices are set according to demand.

“We have seen a significant increase in bookings and interest in Center Parcs breaks recently.

“Our bookings for 2021, in particular from May onwards, are very strong.”

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