The new Peak Resort, situated in the Peak District National park, moves closer to reality as key infrastructure work begins.
Infrastructure work has started on creating a £400m world-class tourist attraction similar to CentreParcs.
Peak Resort is situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park and will offer year-round leisure, health, sport and education facilities.
The large-scale project is being led by UK development company Birchall Properties and US firm Grand Heritage Hotel Group. Ground clearing work for the project start last year, and the resort is expected to open to guests from summer 2018.
The developers say the resort aims to draw international and city based tourists to the region by providing world class accommodation and hospitality services linked to all the attractions and experiences the Peak District National Park and surrounding area already offers.
Other facilities will be determined as the scheme progresses. Rupert Carr, founder of Peak Resort, said: “A 28 year commitment is now taking shape. Growing the overnight visitor economy around, but outside of the National Park will offer visitors real experiences and local people real jobs.”
Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “This project is going to be a game changer it will put the area firmly on the UK tourist map. It is fantastic to see that work by the developers now bearing fruit.”
The project will include the creation of 250 woodland lodges and 600 holiday apartments, on a 300 acre site at Unstone, as well as a raft of sports, adventure, and leisure facilities.