Construction is under way on Center Parcs' fifth UK village, Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. The construction will last for approximately two years, with a scheduled opening date set for Spring 2014.
Center Parcs Woburn Forest will create over 1200 jobs during the construction phase and then a further 1500 jobs once the village is open, the vast majority of which will be from the local area. The village will also provide a significant economic boost to the county.
For more information visit the Center Parcs website.
The council has been working behind the scenes - using its planning and other powers to make sure that the Center Parcs development represents the best possible deal for local people and the local area.
Protecting local interests
We have been working with Center Parcs on the economic and environmental aspects of the development. We have secured agreements through the planning process to ensure that local people and businesses benefit and safeguard the local environment.
- an employment strategy will make sure Center Parcs recruits local people for the site
- a local procurement plan means they will look to source services from businesses within a 20 mile radius
- an ecology management plan to protect the site’s wildlife interests and diversity
We will continue to promote opportunities for local businesses to tender for the supply of goods and services as well as helping to ensure that employment from the local area is maximised.
Getting infrastructure right
We have also ensured that Center Parcs is providing the necessary infrastructure including:
- construction of the new Millbrook roundabout
- diverting existing public footpaths and bridleways and creating new links to form a circular off road bridleway around the site. The bridleway is approximately 3.7 miles long, 5 metres wide and is already incredibly popular with horse riders, cyclists and walkers. We have also been working with Center Parcs and their contractors in surfacing sections of the route, which became boggy during the wet summer months
Building and design standards
Our Building Control team has been working with Center Parcs since they started designing the new holiday park to make sure it meets required standards in areas like fire safety, energy efficiency and access for people with disabilities. We will continue to stay involved with the development until the construction is complete.