Green light given for £30m Cornwall tourism development

Planning approval has been given for a £30 million holiday resort development in Cornwall.

The 100-acre Waterside project near Bodmin will see an established country club and holiday park expanded.

The project will include 118 new ‘eco-lodges’, a swimming pool, children’s play pool, gym, fitness studios, indoor climbing centre, sports hall, tennis courts, sports pitch and a boutique hotel with spa and wellness centre.

Hoseasons will be among domestic operators to feature the site.

The development, which also includes an enhanced restaurant, wedding and conference facilities, is expected be completed in several phases over the next three to five years.

As well as new buildings, the proposals include a number of landscape enhancements such as an ‘avenue of gold’ highlighting Cornwall’s mining heritage, a geological trail and arboretum, a sculpture area, nature trails with wildlife hides and ecological habitat creation.

Resort director Ian Slater said: “Waterside has already benefited from investment by the new owners over the past year.

“We are thrilled to get the green light for the new development which will mean the resort has a really exciting future.”

The project has been masterminded by Devon-based Peregrine Mears Architects, which specialises in the leisure and tourism sectors.

Practice director Peregrine Mears, added: “We are really delighted to see Cornwall Council give their support to this project.

“It represents a very positive step for tourism provision in the south-west and we’re excited about the positive effects it will have on the local community.”

He added: “In the context of Brexit, we feel inward investment of this kind in leisure and tourism projects here in the south-west is very positive news.”

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