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New surf lagoon at Avon Heath Country Park, near Ringwood, would create 40 jobs, claims developer

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UP to 40 jobs could be created if an inland surfing lagoon is built near Ringwood, developers behind the idea have claimed.

WH White is seeking public views on plans to build the attraction on land it owns either side of Brocks Pine in St Leonards, south-east of the A31.

It would also including making "significant improvements" to the adjacent Avon Heath Country Park which is owned and operated by Dorset Council.

The cove-shaped lagoon would produce white-water waves for beginners, up to 1.8-metre barrelling waves for elite surfers, with a family-orientated environment, it said.

It would incorporate the latest solar technology for renewable energy to contribute towards the operation of the lagoon.

On a website devoted to the project, the developer revealed it has already been in detailed discussions with Natural England, Surf England, National Highways and Dorset Council.

Ecological surveys have been completed on the site and it will submit a planning application to Dorset Council later this year, it said.

WH White claimed Natural England was supportive as it was "particularly keen" to see the land earmarked for the surf lagoon taken out of intensive arable use to reduce nitrogen and phosphate emissions.

It went on: "The proposed surf lagoon, which is supported by governing body Surf England, is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Dorset to cement its reputation as a surf destination and natural playground.

"This world class facility will ensure Dorset continues to hold its own against cities like Bristol and Birmingham which have developed inland surf lagoons that are already drawing visitors, tourism and expenditure from Dorset.

"The economic benefits of surf lagoons are clear from the empirical evidence of The Wave in Bristol which has proved exceptionally popular, with a need to book well in advance and attracting visitors from all corners of the UK and further afield throughout the entire year.

"The proposed surf lagoon will directly support the creation of up to 40 new jobs aimed at local people."

To view the proposal and comment visit brockspine.com/

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