Plans in for 250-acre theme park

PLANS for a theme park at Rother Valley have moved forward with Gulliver’s submitting a planning application.

The family firm is asking Rotherham Borough Council for permission to build on 250 acres of the former Pithouse West site.

The plans for Gulliver’s Valley include a main theme park hub, with rides and attractions aimed at children aged two to 13.

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A water play zone, climbing centre, glades attraction and an education and ecology centre are also proposed.

Gulliver’s director Julie Dalton said: “It’s an exciting time for us now that the application has finally been submitted. 

“It follows over a year of working with the council plus two rounds of consultation events that gave residents the chance to comment on our plans.

“Gulliver’s Valley is set to give the area an economic boost as we look to use a local supply chain and bring tourism pounds into the local economy. 

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“Add to that the number of local jobs it will create, up to 255 full time equivalent posts, and it will be a real positive for the Rother Valley community.”

The resort will offer accommodation in the form of glamping, self-catering lodges and hotels. It will have nature trails, walks, outdoor gyms and woodland runs.

A decision is expected to be made in early 2017. If permission is granted, work could begin on site before the end of next year.