The Ultimate Adventure Centre is hoping to expand with a multi-million-pound NCS contract and a partnership with the Youth Hostel Association.

Plans have been submitted for a brand new Youth Hostel near Bideford.

The Ultimate Adventure Centre (UAC) in Abbotsham has established a partnership with the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) to bring forward the plans.

If successful, the application for the accomodation at its site could be ready by May next year.

It includes three ‘barn’ type accomodations, each with six bedrooms, as well as a communal barn with a kitchen and eating area.

The centre has also secured a multi-million-pound contract with National Citizen Service to help deliver skills to young people.

Russ Johns owner of UAC, said: “The team and I have worked really hard to deliver fantastic adventure experiences for all our guests over the past years and it’s down to the teams hard work and passion that all return year after year.

“We’re super excited about the year ahead, this is such a critical time for us and so I hope we can gain the support of our local council to ensure we grow and pass on the benefits to the local community.”

UAC currently employs six full time permanent staff and more than 25 people during the main season.

It has seen its turnover nearly double over the last year with visits from schools, groups and corporate clients,

If successful, the new build would create six full time jobs, 15 seasonal jobs and three new apprenticeships.

Caroline White, chief executive of YHA (England and Wales) said: “Since 2010 YHA (England and Wales) has invested £31million in its network to create comfortable, contemporary-styled accommodation.

“Today’s Youth Hostels boast licensed bars and restaurants, and more private en suite rooms.”