Tyne & Wear

Northumberland adventure resort land works begin

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

Land preparation works for a £50m resort in Northumberland have been given the go ahead.

The 800-acre adventure park to be built in Widdrington is expected to create 700 jobs and will include a 50-acre lake, restaurants and a treehouse adventure playground.

Northumberland County Council granted planning permission for the start of construction of one activity area.

It is due to open in 2016 and is expected to attract 500,000 visitors.

Planned attractions and activities for outdoors include snow slopes, gorges and canyons, horse-riding, fishing, skiing, water sports, and a 4x4 off-road track.

Climbing walls, a fitness centre, water park and spa will feature inside the centre.

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

Active Leisure Resorts chief executive officer Chris Davies said local businesses would also benefit from its company policy of using local suppliers wherever possible.

He added: "It will deliver huge economic benefits to the region and raise national awareness of a beautiful part of the country."

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