West Midland Safari and Leisure Park, Worcestershire

RPS has advised West Midland Safari & Leisure Park for a number of years, securing permission for various rides and attractions, as well as a lawful development certificate for an amusement park at the site. In 2016, RPS successfully achieved planning permission for an £80m indoor water park, 250-bedroom hotel, spa and 1000-delegate conference centre at West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire.

The new development will turn the safari park into an all-year resort and create hundreds of jobs in the area. Around 290 additional full time jobs at the park are anticipated to arise around the expansion.

Plans were initially announced in November 2011 and the application was submitted in August 2014. RPS also carried out a Sustainability Statement and an Energy Report in support of the planning application.

The water park, which is Phase 1 of the development, is designed to deliver seven waterslides, a splash area, wave pool, external river rapids and a 200-seat restaurant. The expansion will be delivered over the next 10 years.

RPS has achieved a number of recent planning permissions for the attractions industry, including the new Peter Rabbit attraction at Willows Activity Farm, Hello Kitty Land at Drusillas Park and a new display building for the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.