Progress made on two major holiday schemes

Riverside Park in Wooler.
Riverside Park in Wooler.

Work is set to start on a major holiday development in north Northumberland, while plans to extend a caravan park have been given the green light.

Verdant Leisure will start work later this year on the first phase of a scheme to create 110 new caravan and lodge pitches in an expansion of Riverside Leisure Park, on the edge of Wooler Water.

With spend per caravan calculated at £14,000 per year by the British Holiday and Home Parks Association, the £1million development represents a £1.54million annual boost for the local economy and is expected to create several new jobs.

It will bring the total number of static pitches at Riverside Leisure Park to 550 with phase one of the scheme to comprise 36 fully-serviced new pitches set in landscaped grounds.

Verdant Leisure CEO, Graham Hodgson, said: “We have invested heavily in improving facilities at Riverside since we took over the park as a thriving business almost three years ago.

“Demand for holiday homes has steadily increased since then and we are now at capacity on the current site.”

Meanwhile, Gentoo Construction is celebrating after winning a new £8million contract to build a luxury holiday complex.

The existing Lucker Hall will be demolished to make way for 40 high-standard, self-catering holiday apartments. Additional facilities will include a village shop, reception, leisure facilities, including indoor pool and associated games and family rooms, snooker room, fitness suites and changing rooms.

Holiday Property Board chairman, Geoffrey Baber, said: “Our bondholders have long been asking for a site in the beautiful Northumberland countryside. With the help of Gentoo Construction, Lucker Hall will be welcoming its first bondholders in early 2016.”