GREATER Garstang looks set to get a major tourism boost if detailed plans for an exclusive £6 million ‘holiday village’ are given the go-ahead.
Landowner the Duchy of Lancaster is planning to lease its Myerscough estate to upmarket self-catering holiday specialists Natural Retreats.
The ambitious project will be the biggest commercial investment in the district since the opening of the Barton Grange Garden centre and the new Garstang Booths store.
The holiday village has replaced the previous, now scrapped, plans to develop the site as a major agricultural/equine showground and base for the Royal Lancashire Show.
A formal planning application has now been lodged with Wyre Council.
The development at Planks Farm would effectively be like a mini-Center Parcs, including walking and biking trails and holiday lodges in a landscaped wooded setting.
The developers have promised to use local builders and suppliers – a move welcomed by community leaders.
Between 15 and 20 full and part-time jobs will be created when the site is fully operational, including general manager /assistant managers for accommodation, management of trailhead and visitor centre, housekeepers, general internal/external maintenance and landscaping.
Nine of the accommodation units will be developed by converting existing brick-built farm buildings, while the 43 lodges will be based on the design of the units at Natural Retreat’s Yorkshire Dales site near Richmond.
The lodges will be single level and incorporate the latest eco-friendly features, which include sedum roofs, sustainable timber, passive solar floor-to-ceiling glazing, bio-mass heaters and recycled floor and wall insulation.
* Full story in this week’s Garstang Courier