Holiday park news round-up: park expansion plans revealed

HAVEN has officially launched a new development at its Primrose Valley Holiday Park in Filey, North Yorkshire, following a £2 million investment.

Sea Birds, a cliff-top development, emphasises the natural beauty of the park and is tucked away from the main facilities, giving it a quieter feel, reports B Daily.

All pitches benefit from sea views and Sea Birds also has its own private driveway leading directly to a sandy beach.

Exclusively for owners, holiday homes at Sea Birds start from £53,000.

A further £2.5 million has also been invested into Primrose Valley to build and launch the Lakehouse restaurant.

David Eccles, General Manager at Primrose Valley Holiday Park, said: “Haven is continuously investing in its offerings, to ensure that guests and holiday home owners have the best possible experience when staying with us.

“The new Sea Birds development is something we’re really excited about, as it offers unrivalled sea views, direct beach access and a truly exceptional holidaying experience that families can enjoy for years to come.”

Plans for tourism development near St Andrews move forward

Gleneagles Holiday Park has outlined plans to build 82 luxury lodges on a site at Northbank Farm, near Cameron.

The Northbank Luxury Lodge Development — just to the east of Cameron Reservoir — could provide a huge job and economic boost to the area if it gets the go ahead, reports The Courier.

The project is the brainchild of the Stewart family, which owns and operates three unique luxury lodge developments —Lochmanor and Grand Eagles in Perthshire and Lochlands in Angus.

William Stewart Jnr said he was “hugely excited” about the project.

“St Andrews is a fabulous location, a town offering great golf, a fantastic foodie vibe and lots to see and do with a coastal location to boot,” he said.

“To have not invested in this park in a proven location like St Andrews would have been a major missed opportunity as the sector is so vibrant.”

Willerby sees profits soar

Holiday home manufacturer Willerby has seen its profits soar after increasing its turnover.

Hull-based Willerby Group increased turnover by £22.6m to £147.1m in the 52 weeks to 1 October 2016 after bringing in £124.5m in the 53 week period ending on 3 October 2015, reports Insider Media.

Equistone Partners Europe acquired a majority stake in the company last month from Caird Capital for an undisclosed sum.

The business’ profit before tax more than doubled to £6m, up from £2.6m in 2015 which was attributed to production efficiencies, an expansion of the lodges and modular leisure buildings market and an upturn in the core markets of holiday homes.

Andi Tomkinson, investment director at Equistone Partners Europe, said: “These figures are testament to the reputation for quality and innovation that Willerby has built over seven decades of operation, and give us great encouragement as we aim to support the next stage of the firm’s growth in the UK holiday home sector.

“With a strengthening ‘grey pound’ driven by demographic change and the long-term upswing in Britons’ propensity for ‘staycations’, we are confident that our continued work with the Willerby team can help the business realise its potential.”

Looe holiday park has plans to expand

Tregoad Caravan and Camping Site near Looe has submitted plans for 80 new holiday lodges.

Owner Peter Hannay wishes to use three fields to the west and south to build 80 lodge-style caravans and parking spaces, reports the Cornish Times.

He says the new holiday accommodation would create at least four full-time and four part-time jobs at Tregoad Park, as well as increasing footfall to local shops, pubs and restaurants.

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