The £200m ‘adventure zone’ which could be built next to the M5

Motorists heading south to the coast on the M5 could soon be able to stop off at a GBP200million surf lake and shopping centre. Proposals have been made to develop land around junction 27 of the motorway in Devon into an outdoor adventure zone including a surf lake, beach, high ropes adventure area, and an outlet shopping village. The development will be split into four zones and also include a hotel, a visitor hub, a food hall, outdoor play areas, cafes and restaurants.

:Cops slam Redditch driver caught with ‘unfastened’ hay bale in pick-up truck Devon Live reports that the surf lagoon will be at the heart of the outdoor adventure zone, similar to Surf Snowdonia, Wales. Sir Tim Smit, the man behind the Eden Project as well as promoter Malcolm Dudley Williams, have backed the plans, which are a partnership project by the Eden Project and investors Friends Life, part of the Aviva Group.

Mid Devon District Council’s Local Plan has set aside 71 hectares adjoining the southbound carriageway of the M5 for major development – and now the council’s leader has said it’s time to “start the dialogue”. Independent councillor Bob Deed said: “What it needs is there to be a caucus that are interested in developing junction 27, if for no other reason, than it will produce employment for people within the district and income for Mid Devon. “So, I’m very interested to seriously start the dialogue to do something with the junction 27 area.”

Deputy chief executive Andrew Jarrett added: “I know there are always mixed feelings and emotions about the size of the economic growth in a beautiful rural area like we live in, but it has to be the right growth at the right time in the right place.”

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