Tyne & Wear

Northumberland £50m resort 'could bring 700 jobs'

Artist’s impression of the snowpark
Image caption The resort would include snow slopes, gorges and canyons

A planning application is to be submitted for a £50m resort in Northumberland that could create 700 jobs in the area.

The 800-acre adventure park planned in Widdrington would include a 50-acre lake, restaurants and the UK's biggest tree house adventure playground.

An application for the initial phase is being submitted to the council with a full application due in 2013.

If approved, the Active Lifestyle Resort could open in summer 2015.

Accommodation would include 100 camping pods and 400 holiday homes.

Outdoor attractions planned include snow slopes, gorges and canyons, equestrian, fishing, skiing, water sports, 4x4 off-road track, while indoor facilities will include climbing walls, a fitness centre, water park and spa.

'Offer excitement'

A hub at the centre of the resort would house restaurants, coffee shops, bars and businesses offering local produce.

Chris Davies, who has been working on the project for the past eight years, said: "My vision is to create a holiday destination site with a difference.

"I want to offer excitement; adrenalin pumping activities with a touch of luxury relaxation."

It is hoped the resort would create up to 700 all-year-round, full and part-time jobs.

A public consultation will be held from 10:00 to 15:00 GMT on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December at Chevington Community Centre in Hadston, near Druridge Bay.