Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Tom David­son

HUN­DREDS of acres of land have been sold to de­vel­op­ers who want to build a £150m leisure park in Anglesey.

Land and Lakes have bought 600 acres on Holy Is­land which will be home to 1,000 lodges once the de­vel­op­ment is com­plete.

The land was sold by Anglesey Alu­minium Met­als Ltd, part of the Rio Tinto Group.

The coastal site in­cludes the his­toric Pen­rhos Es­tate, as well as land at nearby Cae Glas and Kings­land.

Land and Lakes has plan­ning ap­proval for a multi-mil­lion-pound mixed use leisure de­vel­op­ment, which in­cludes hol­i­day lodges and cot­tages, a lux­ury spa and 320 res­i­den­tial houses.

Some of the lodges will first be used as tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for con­struc­tion work­ers on the Wylfa Newydd nu­clear plant.

Con­struc­tion on the de­vel­op­ment is likely to start in 2018, and his­toric build­ings on the es­tate will also be re­stored.

Richard Sidi, chief ex­ec­u­tive for Land and Lakes, said: “Our com­mit­ment to the peo­ple of Anglesey is to de­liver a world-class hol­i­day de­vel­op­ment whilst man­ag­ing a pro­por­tion of in­com­ing Wylfa Newydd work­ers.

“This will help to en­sure a sus­tain­able eco­nomic fu­ture for the is­land and a fit­ting – and vi­able – legacy for the Pen­rhos Es­tate.

“Our de­vel­op­ment will pro­vide a wide range of jobs for lo­cal peo­ple, and we’ll be re­cruit­ing to fill the first tranche of these roles dur­ing 2018.

“We are al­ready work­ing with Anglesey-based busi­nesses and con­trac­tors to help sup­port the man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the es­tate.”

Land and Lakes said it will main­tain pub­lic ac­cess to much of the Pen­rhos es­tate.

The an­nounce­ment of the land pur­chase was wel­comed by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment,and Anglesey MP Al­bert Owen.

Econ­omy and in­fra­struc­ture sec­re­tary Ken Skates said: “Boost­ing tourism, in­ward in­vest­ment and good qual­ity jobs, as well as de­liv­er­ing sus­tain­able and af­ford­able hous­ing are all key pri­or­i­ties for this gov­ern­ment, so I am en­cour- aged by this an­nounce­ment.

“The pur­chase of this land is an­other pos­i­tive step for­ward in the de­liv­ery of this project, which of­fers great ben­e­fits to the peo­ple of Anglesey and be­yond.”

Mr Owen said: “I sup­port mak­ing the is­land a qual­ity place to work, live and visit. Land and Lakes’ in­vest­ment will add value to mak­ing the area a top place to ex­pe­ri­ence mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties in a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.”

Coun­cil leader Ieuan Wil­liams said: “This project cer­tainly has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate sub­stan­tial lo­cal jobs and at­tract fur­ther in­vest­ment to the is­land.”

Cae Glas Lodges planned to be built at Holy­head’s Pen­rhos Coastal Park

Al­bert Owen the is­land’s MP is back­ing the scheme

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