Center Parcs, the holiday village operator owned by Blackstone, has got the go-ahead for a development in Woburn, Bedfordshire.

The proposed Center Parcs village development had been set back by Mid-Bedfordshire District Council who refused planning permission for the holiday village on the 365 acres of Green belt land last year.

But today, following a public inquiry in March, Hazel Blears, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, gave the green light.

Blears' decision letter said: ‘The beneficial effects of the proposal on tourism, the economy and employment, along with the positive contribution to ecology and biodiversity, together amount to very special circumstances and are of sufficient weight to clearly outweigh the harm to the green belt.’

Forsters advised Center Parcs on the successful appeal. Mid-Bedfordshire District Council was advised by Denton Wilde Sapte.