Thursday, December 24, 2009

Chester Zoo submits plans for massive dome

AMBITIOUS plans which will help catapult Chester Zoo into one of the world’s top five zoos have been formally submitted to council planners.

Chester Zoo has submitted planning applications for its ambitious £225m Natural Vision project.

The application follows extensive consultations, and includes detailed plans for the Heart of Africa biodome, together with expansion of the main entrance and car park.

They will now be considered by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Prof Gordon McGregor Reid, Director General of Chester Zoo, said: “It has taken a number of years for us to get to this point today, and we would like to thank the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and a range of other major stakeholders, including the local community and our visitors, for their feedback and support.

“For us, a key part of the planning process has been engaging with a number of different organisations together with a series of wide-ranging public consultations in order to gain support.

“The public consultations enabled us to take a view on how the development could help us meet local aspirations and also to address any concerns that may arise.

“We have submitted thoroughly researched and detailed plans which will now go through the normal planning procedures.”

The application is for works which will form phase one of a major expansion programme that will transform Chester Zoo into one of the world’s top five zoos.

An outline plan for the entire Natural Vision masterplan development...

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