Suffolk

Kessingland 'glamping' site could create up to 60 jobs

Holiday site, Kessingland
Image caption The former Hollies site in Kessingland is in a derelict state

A holiday firm says up to 60 jobs could be created on a derelict camping site it has bought on the Suffolk coast.

The Beeston Group is to submit an application to redevelop the Hollies site in Kessingland.

It said it would offer 140 log cabins, yurts, wigwams and 'glamping' tents with cast iron beds.

Steven Johnson, director of Beeston, said: "When Kessingland came up we thought it was right for the type of business that we want to build."

The former children's campsite has been bought by the group for £650,000, which said 40 jobs would be created there with the potential for 20 more off site.

Beeston already runs the Cliff House Holiday Park at Dunwich and a number of other sites in East Anglia.

'More people'

Mr Johnson said: "We've been looking round at other parks and when Kessingland came up we thought it was right for the type of business that we want to build.

"Cliff House was one we bought 12 years ago, we've recently developed the new bar and restaurant there and spent a million pounds on that."

Sally Poppy, who runs the Sailors Home pub in Kessingland, said: "I hope people get on and it brings more and more people to the area which is what we need.

"We are limited around here and 40 new jobs is excellent."

Liam Martin, chairman of Kessingland Parish Council, said: "The local industry is tourism and any development which is going to bring employment and boost the local economy is looked at favourably."

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