Center Parcs pull out of Crawley development plans

  • In Science
  • 2023-02-09 09:23:47Z
  • By BBC
Longleat Forest Subtropical Swimming Paradise
Longleat Forest Subtropical Swimming Paradise  

Center Parcs has announced it will not go ahead with plans to develop a new forest holiday village in West Sussex.

In July 2021, the company secured an option agreement to acquire Oldhouse Warren, a privately owned woodland on the outskirts of Crawley.

It said the site was found to be not suitable after "rigorous environmental and ecological site surveys".

Center Parcs CEO Colin McKinlay said the company was committed to improving the biodiversity of its sites.

"Whilst it is obviously disappointing that we will not be able to bring Center Parcs to this part of West Sussex, this decision demonstrates how seriously we take our responsibility to the environment, as well as our ongoing commitment to enhancing the natural habitats in which our villages are located," he said.

"Through our customer insights, we are confident that there is strong demand in the UK market for a sixth Center Parcs village and, with this in mind, we will continue our search for a suitable site."

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