Plans have been unveiled for a new £105 million luxury holiday park on Holy Island – the biggest development ever to be earmarked for Anglesey.
Resort firm Bluestone wants to build 500 lodges on the Penrhos Estate along with another 315 lodges and 320 homes in Kingsland.
The ‘Holy Island Resort Ynys Môn’, set to open in the summer of 2021, could create 900 staff jobs, a further 600 for construction and 110 jobs through suppliers.
Bluestone, which already runs a five-acre national park resort in Pembrokeshire, said work was already underway on securing funding for the project, with help from the UK Government. The company has already secured 200 acres of land from developers Land and Lakes, who first put forward proposals in 2011.
Land and Lakes had originally sought to use the land, previously used by Anglesey Aluminium, to accommodate thousands of construction workers for the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant.
Those plans were agreed in 2013, but outline planning permission was only given three years later. However, developers Horizon later decided against using the site, which would have been turned into a holiday village once work on Wylfa Newydd was complete.
Bluestone’s plans to transform the land into a resort include an indoor sub-tropical water park, restaurants, a luxury spa and centres for outdoor activities and water sports, along with 500 glass-fronted lodges along the beach.
Chief executive William McNamara said: ”It’s a part of Wales that deserves to be shown off to the rest of the world, but it also needs to be developed carefully, respecting and protecting its stunning environment, much like we continue to do in Pembrokeshire.”
”It’s also a significant deal for Wales, and a sign that Welsh businesses believe in our nation – giving thousands of families across the border a reason to visit our beautiful country, spend their holidays here and be part of our story.”
”Our outward looking ethos will prevail and that means we will be working with local contractors, suppliers and the people of north Wales to deliver another world class destination.”
The resort, once completed, is expected to attract around 200,000 visitors a year. Around 29 acres of the Wales Coastal Path will surrounding the park with the outdoor activity centre created around an inland sea – where there will also be a visitor centre, nature trails and woodland walks, set around a 100-acre nature reserve.
He added: ”We can give hundreds of young people a start in their working lives and for older people, a new challenge or a change of career and bring success and prosperity to this special part of North Wales.”
”We have a wealth of experience working with local suppliers and have helped build a huge variety of businesses in Pembrokeshire over the past decade. We believe we can replicate the same in the community of Ynys Môn.”
Bluestone said more details about its plans would be announced in due course.
Reacting to the announcement, Labour MP Albert Owen described it as a ”much needed boost” to Anglesey, but added local planners and the public would scrutinise the plans: ”This is a very interesting proposal to the promotion of Ynys Môn/Isle of Anglesey as a major tourist attraction and destination. The island and North Wales has seen a huge amount of investment into the tourist board and Anglesey is vital to this.”
”Bluestone have a strong reputation and the planned resort will add value to our tourist offer and provide employment opportunities. It must be sensitive to the local environment and link into the Island community’s supply chain.”
Anglesey Council leader Llinos Medi welcomed the plans and called on both the UK Government and the Welsh Government to provide a ”suitable financial package” to help bring Bluestone to Anglesey.
She said: ”Attracting the Bluestone brand to the Penrhos site would undoubtedly also provide a huge boost for the tourism sector in Holyhead, on Anglesey and in North Wales, whilst also raising the island’s profile internationally.”
Councillor Carwyn Jones, Anglesey’s member for major projects, added: ”In terms of economic development, a Bluestone resort has huge potential and would represent one of the biggest projects we’ve had here in decades.”