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Gulliver's closer to gaining planning permission for £37M development

Gulliver’s family theme park resort has moved closer to obtaining planning permission for a theme park on the former Pithouse West colliery site in the Rother Valley.


Councillors at today’s Rotherham Council Planning Board meeting decided to grant planning permission for a Gulliver’s theme park resort to be built on the 250 acre former Pithouse West colliery site in the Rother Valley.


Managing Director Julie Dalton said:


“Everyone at Gulliver’s is very pleased with the Council’s decision which takes us to the next stage of the planning process.”


Gulliver’s now has 21 days to wait for the decision of the Secretary of State on their application.


Plans for a theme park resort on the site of the former Pithouse West site at Rotherham move a step forward as Gulliver’s submit their planning application.


The family theme park company is applying to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council for planning permission to create a theme park resort on 250 acres of the former colliery site.


Gulliver’s plans include a main theme park hub, with rides and attractions aimed at children aged two to 13 and their families. Plans for the Rother Valley site also include an indoor water play zone, a climbing centre, a glades attraction, and an education and ecology centre encompassing forest classrooms and outdoor learning adventures for young children.


The resort will also offer accommodation in the shape of glamping, self-catering woodland lodges and family-friendly hotels.


The family behind the development are also keen to build Gully's Dream Village, a community where children with life threatening illnesses can be given the chance to enjoy cost-free respite in a magical environment.


In addition, nature trails, walks, outdoor gyms and woodland runs at Gulliver’s Valley will be available to be used by the local community as well as visitors to the theme park.


Gulliver’s Director Julie Dalton said:


“These are our most ambitious plans to date. As our fourth theme park project, Gulliver’s Valley will bring together the best elements of our existing parks plus a huge amount of our experience and learning from the last 38 years since my father opened our very first park in Matlock Bath.


“It’s an exciting time for us now that the application has finally been submitted. It follows over a year of working with the Borough Council plus two rounds of consultation events that gave local 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. 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.”


In May of this year Rotherham Council agreed to the sale of 250 acres of land at the Pithouse West site to family business Gulliver’s. At the two latest consultation events in early August around 1,000 local residents took the opportunity to comment on plans for the site.



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