A tourism and sports development for Northumberland could be a reality in a few years now that funding now secure.
The Blue Sky Forest project has been created by the Widdrington Regeneration Partnership (WRP) and UK Coal. The objective is to turn what were once opencast coal mining areas into a high-profile visitor attraction, competing on the national stage.
The multimillion pound plans will change areas at Steadsburn, Stobswood and Maidens Hall and are expected to create more than 1,000 jobs.
If given the go-ahead the areas will see a holiday village and hotel, a lake, two golf courses, a lake, equestrian centre, adventure sports, a driving experience, and a dry ski slope.
A steering group has been created which includes Northumberland County Council. The group expects to submit plans in the very near future. A public consultation process will take place and people are encouraged to input their views.
Developers include Stoneheads Associates, Sir Bert Millichip (Sports), Peel Energy, and Now Place Developments.
The project is designed to be carbon neutral, with solar panels on buildings and energy coming from a wind turbines.
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