Have your say on £35m leisure resort proposal at Ashwicken Lake
The firm behind an extraordinary plan to transform a quarry lake into a high-end leisure resort wants the input of Lynn News readers.
Norfolk Farm Leisure Ltd is planning to spend £35million creating an “eco-wellness resort” at Ashwicken Lake.
The 80-hectare site at the old Wicken Quarry would be car-free and have 132 floating and lakeside holiday lodges and 22 treehouses.
Leisure facilities would include rowing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, tennis and archery.
Norfolk Leisure says the development would create 260 jobs and give an £8m injection to the local economy. It has launched a project website (www.wickenwater.com) and is holding an online consultation webinar on Thursday between 5pm and 7pm.
Director Chris Griffin said: “Norfolk boasts beautiful nature and ecological diversity and our proposals for an eco-wellness resort will enable more visitors and locals to enjoy this amazing part of Norfolk. Importantly, the resort will create hundreds of local jobs and will provide an estimated £8m boost to the local economy.
He added: “We believe it’s essential that local people are able to respond and shape planning applications that may impact them, which is why we are inviting the local community to have their say via our upcoming webinar and on the dedicated website.”
Norfolk Leisure says the floating villas will be built to have ultra-low energy demands. A car free environment will be promoted with the focus placed on walking, cycling and water-based transport, including electric water taxis.
Richard Coutts, director of the designer Baca Architects, said: “We’ve designed a unique eco-wellness resort that seamlessly combines nature, ecological diversity and wellbeing.
“Our masterplan for Ashwicken Lake includes the UK’s first clubhouse on water, lakeside pool facilities and alfresco waterside dining.”
He added: “The environment is at the heart of our design, all the lodges are interspersed with new planting, trees, follies and water taxi jetties will be provided to explore the resort.”