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Holiday village starts jobs drive
The Bluestone development will be the subject of a High Court challenge
The developers behind a 45m holiday village in Pembrokeshire are starting to look for workers even though the scheme faces a High Court challenge.

Bluestone is beginning a drive to find hundreds of construction, supply and operational staff next week.

The employment event is taking place just days before the court hearing.

The Council for National Parks (CNP) is challenging the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park's Authority decision to grant outline planning permission.

This event is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in working for Bluestone to find out about these opportunitie
William McNamara

The park authority gave its consent in January for the development in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, against the advice of its own planning team.

The CNP will challenge the decision at a hearing scheduled for three days, starting on 23 November.

The watchdog claims the development would be harmful to the area and could have repercussions for other national parks.

Bluestone says the 500-acre leisure and sports village near Narberth will create 200 construction jobs, 600 full-time jobs on completion and more than 100 knock-on jobs for suppliers and partners.

It is staging a three-day employment event at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel starting on 17 November.

Bluestone chief executive William McNamara said: "Whilst we are still awaiting the outcome of the judicial review challenge on one part of the development later this month, this three day event is intended to move other aspects of the project forward.

Potential employees

"This event is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in working for Bluestone to find out about these opportunities and visit trade stands offering development support."

Bluestone's construction partner Alfred McAlpine is looking to meet with contractors and suppliers on 17 November and tradesmen and labourers the day after.

On 19 November, Bluestone will interview food and drink producers and speak to local farmers interested in supplying renewable energy crops.

Representatives from Jobcentre Plus will speak to potential employees from managers to unskilled staff on all three days.

Bluestone says it aims to be on site as soon as possible if the court rules the scheme can go ahead.

The detailed planning application is to go before Pembrokeshire Council on Tuesday and the park authority later in the month.

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