Norfolk to get £300m conference and tourism complex?

Norfolk could become the location for the largest convention centre in the UK if plans for a £300 million conference and tourism complex are implemented.

The development would feature 8,000 hotel rooms and could include an outdoor stage for open air events, as well as two golf courses, according to the Eastern Daily Press.

Initial plans have been submitted to Broadland District Council, with the development provisionally entitled the Norfolk Hub.

Matthew Wintersgill, one of the architects behind the proposals, told the newspaper that the development would be unique in combining conferencing and tourism.

"The idea is that the two things work together in synergy. Can it work? Absolutely," he said.

Mr Wintersgill added that the new venue would "transform" Norfolk, which he said is currently an economic backwater.

Meanwhile, Eastleigh Borough Council has revealed that it will provide £30 million of the £48 million needed to complete the building of a state-of-the art hotel and conference centre at Hampshire's Rose Bowl cricket stadium, the Southern Daily Echo reports.

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