New jobs hope for Portreath

Bill Haslam

Thirty new jobs are in line for Portreath with a £10 million, two-year development programme that will hopefully start before the end of the year.

The programme will mark the biggest single development phase to date at the rapidly expanding, five-year-old Gwel an Mor resort.

Planning permission already exists for new tennis courts, an equestrian centre, indoor sports hall, cycle centre and 55 more holiday lodges, adding to the existing 58 lodges.

But owner Bill Haslam has now submitted a fresh planning application with proposed design changes to make the additional lodges more eco-friendly.

Portreath Parish Council have unanimously approved the revised plans (on October 4) and Haslam is hoping for the final go-ahead from Cornwall Council by the end of November.

He confirmed: “Work would then start on the new lodges, with the first ones being completed in time for next summer. That would also set in motion the schedule for the other facilities to be completed by 2012.”

Planned subsequent developments for the 100-acre site include a golf course and conference facilities, taking the investment over a five-year period to around £30 million.

In the meantime, work will start before the end of this month on a new half-mile approach road and entrance area for Gwel an Mor.

Haslam said he was delighted to be working with a Cornish company – Pool-based eco-homes specialist Cloud Nine – on the revised lodges.

He explained: “The proposed lodges will be built from sustainably sourced timber and have a host of cutting-edge eco-friendly features, with high levels of insulation and ground-breaking technology, including heat pumps and photovoltaic panels in the roof contributing to low-carbon living.”