Huge new UK holiday park to hit the North – developers claim it could rival Centre Pacs

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UK holidays enjoyed a wonderful summer after the bleak months of the spring lockdown. Amid international travel restrictions and concerns relating to the pandemic, many Britons switched their foreign escape to one right here at home.

Now, staycation enthusiasts may have another UK destination to add to the list if an ongoing planning application is approved.

The new holiday park, already being dubbed “Centre Parcs-on-sea” by its developers, promises a mix of holiday lodges and a hotel boasting 148 bedrooms to accommodate for all types of traveller.

While the park is no relation to Centre Parcs, it is a similar concept, comprised of 250 eco-lodges, a hotel, a lake for water sports and two leisure units.

The 57-acre site will also house a petrol station and a Lidl food store.

The concept, put forward by Grimsby-based development group YPG Fab 2, will regenerate a patch of desolate land on Cleethorpe’s seafront where the former Pleasure Island fairground used to be.

A planning application is currently being considered by local authorities for the transformational £57 million project.

Visitors to the site will be able to enjoy water-based activities including kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding.

The site will also offer space for larger events and even festivals.

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An array of food will also be on offer, with a large food hall with up to 25 different culinary outlets.

Each of the eco-cabins will be a modern twist on traditional holiday cabins, promising open-plan spaces, loft suites and their own private terraces.

Though the project is still in the planning stages, with the first application submitted in August, should everything run smoothly some of the first lodges are anticipated to open their doors in time for Spring 2022.

The project is being headed up by development duo Adrian Smith and Ming Yeung whose shared vision could “attract thousands of visitors and bring hundreds of jobs”.

“We estimate it will attract £13.2m of new visitor expenditure per annum,” said Mr Smith.

The pair told regional newspaper Grimsby Live that they felt the current staycation boom was an opportunity they could not miss.

Furthermore, the plans will redevelop land which has been abandoned for four years, since the closure of the theme park.

Cleethorpes is situated on the coast of North East Lincolnshire and has a long history as a seaside resort.

It is hoped that the new development could help regenerate the coastal destination after the devastating impact the lockdown has had on the town’s tourism figures in 2020.

During the initial lockdown in March, consumer spending in the resort plummeted by 72 percent according to figures from Social Investment business.

Some businesses in the area saw losses of up to 95 percent.

The UK tourism industry in total is worth £127 billion, including both domestic tourism and foreign visitors.

VisitBritain chief executive Patricia Yates previously urged Britons to consider a holiday at home.

“Our tourist sector is one of the most vibrant and successful in the world – it needs you to make sure it bounces back once more,” she said.

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