Original article from Kent Live
Center Parcs has announced plans to build a resort in the West Sussex woodland just a few miles away from Kent.
The leisure company has secured an agreement to purchase 553 acres of woodland in Worth, with the project expected to cost between £350 million and £400 million.
The West Sussex site would be Center Parcs' sixth village in the UK, and the first to be built in the south east.
The nearest Center Parcs resort for people in Kent is currently Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire, which is more than 140 miles from Dover.
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Center Parcs say that they chose the location – a section of woodland off Balcombe Road in Worth – because of the "excellent transport links" and its position south of London.
The development, not far from Tunbridge Wells, is expected to create around 1,500 permanent jobs once the park opens, as well as around 1,000 jobs during construction, with an estimated £40 million added to the local economy every year according to Center Parcs.
The firm says it hopes to submit a planning application in 2022, and will begin surveying the site and working with the local community to make sure the location is appropriate.
Chief executive Martin Dalby said: “It’s really exciting to have identified a potential site for another Center Parcs village in the UK.
"Today’s announcement marks the first step of a long journey, and there is still a huge amount of work to be done before we can submit a planning application.
"The proposal we will be submitting will create a significant number of jobs and bring major benefits to the local and national economy.”