Planning applications for a new hotel and resort complex at Gulliver’s World, Warrington have been approved by Warrington Borough Council. The applications, managed and progressed by County Planning Ltd, comprised of four separate planning applications for changes of use and physical developments of the land, including the construction of a pirate ship and fairy-tale castle hotels, themed play centre and themed cabin/lodge resort complex.
Known as the Wilderness Wharf, the development will provide family accommodation in the form of hotels and lodges set within a bespoke landscaped area ranging from a safari camp, and lost world to a beach cove known as Gully Bay. The extension to the theme park will also include an associated village resort with a café, craft centre, children’s indoor play centre/crèche, guest reception and housekeeping facilities.
It is expected that the Wilderness Wharf resort will create over 40 new jobs and more than £6million in benefit to the local economy. The new positions will be in management, marketing, maintenance, housekeeping and gardening; Gulliver’s will shortly announce an open day for prospective candidates.
Dan Matthewman, Director of County Planning Ltd, commented, “This was a complex suite of applications owing to multiple uses which required us to engage in detail with the Council’s planning and environmental health officers. Effective community engagement meant there were no public objections received to the applications and we achieved approval within 10 weeks, with all planning conditions agreed in advance. It’s an exciting time for Warrington.”
Julie Dalton, Managing Director, Gulliver’s Theme Parks and Leisure Resorts, commented, “Gulliver’s will be celebrating 30 years in Warrington in May, so we are delighted to have achieved approval for our plans in time for this. As the UK holiday market changes and grows, the development will help us continue to deliver quality leisure breaks and entertainment with family-friendly accommodation that suits a variety of budgets and tastes.”
A public consultation was held in October 2018 where a small number of people raised concerns over the possibility of increased traffic. The planning application was supported by SCP Transport, who resolved highway officer objections and demonstrated that the impact of traffic was indiscernible, even during peak hours.
Director of SCP Transport, Dave Young, commented “SCP were pleased to support the planning application by considering the options of accessing the site by all modes of transport to minimise dependency on the car, while negotiating a reasonable and proportionate approach to travel with the Local Planning Authority”.
Building work is expected to begin shortly and will be completed within three years.
Gulliver’s have theme park resorts in Warrington, Milton Keynes, Matlock Bath and a new resort currently under construction in Rotherham.
For more information on the scheme please contact David Young (Director) on 01138873323 or
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