Work is officially set to start on the £150 million Land and Lakes project on Anglesey.
Having completed the purchase of 600 acres of land at Penrhos on Holy Island some time ago, Land and Lakes are now set to begin their work to create a nationally significant eco-leisure holiday resort, which will complement the area’s rich coastal landscape.
The company believes that the development has the potential to transform local communities and will generate hundreds of sustainable new jobs and training opportunities for local people.
The multi-million pound mixed-use leisure development proposals include more than 800 lodges and cottages and 320 residential houses. It also features spas and saunas and nature reserves.
The Land and Lakes application was approved by council planners in November 2013 and, although it has taken longer than planned to start building work, talks between Horizon Nuclear Power and Land and Lakes over whether or not to house workers on site.
Richard Sidi, chief executive of Land and Lakes, said: “We at Land and Lakes are continuing to progress our proposals to house a significant proportion of the nuclear construction workers in purpose built high quality permanent accommodation.
“We are committed to protecting the £260m tourist industry on the Island, creating 600 permanent new jobs and leaving a positive legacy for the community.
“We also remain committed to developing the leisure village at Penrhos and preparatory work will begin on site over the next month.”
Mayor of Holyhead, Councillor Ann Kennedy, who has supported the project throughout, said: “We’ve always understood that the partnership between Land and Lakes and Horizon would create a legacy for the island and provide long term employment and a sustainable landmark project.
“We hope any outstanding issues involving housing can be resolved as quickly as possible so we can reap the full benefit of both developments.
”The Land and Lakes development will create employment and ensure that Penrhos is managed and sustained. The creation of employment is key to Holyhead's sustainability.”