Planning Permission Confirmed Thu 30 Mar, 2017


Giant smiles as Gulliver’s Valley Resort planning permission is confirmed

Gulliver’s family theme park resort’s “most ambitious plans yet” will come to fruition now that the Secretary of State has agreed with Rotherham Council that development can go ahead. 

The development in South Yorkshire was granted planning permission by Rotherham Council last month. Following a 21 day period in which Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, could call-in the decision, Gulliver’s has reason to celebrate.

Councillors on Rotherham Council’s Planning Board voted unanimously to give the go-ahead for the theme park resort to be built on the 250 acre former Pithouse West colliery site in the Rother Valley. The brand new development will be a boon for the local economy with the multi-million pound project bringing hundreds of jobs to the region.

The family that has run the Gulliver’s theme park business for almost 40 years is “delighted”.
Managing Director Julie Dalton said:
“After a good two years of hard work, it’s absolutely wonderful to know that our vision for Gulliver’s fourth UK theme park is going to become a reality. We’re all absolutely delighted. Throughout the planning process, I and my senior staff have taken part in several consultation events around the local area, giving local residents the chance to comment on our plans. We worked closely with Rotherham Council and Highways England to ensure our planning application did not negatively impact on local access routes and amended plans to reduce the visual impact of our larger attractions. It’s incredibly satisfying that local councillors voted unanimously in favour of our proposals. This is an exciting time in Gulliver’s history.”

As the business’s fourth UK theme park project, Gulliver’s Valley will bring together the best elements of their existing parks in Warrington, Matlock Bath and Milton Keynes.

Julie Dalton added:
“Our Gulliver’s Valley development will give the area a huge 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.”

Gulliver’s aim to open their brand-new Valley Resort in 2020 which will include a main theme park hub, with rides and attractions aimed at children aged two to 13 and their families. Gulliver’s Valley will 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 family-friendly accommodation in the shape of glamping, self-catering woodland lodges and the central Lilliput Castle Hotel.

The development will also encompass 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.

Now that planning permission has been given, work will commence on the Pithouse West site.
Local residents can keep abreast of news and developments throughout the Gulliver’s Valley project at www.gulliversvalley.co.uk.