Gulliver’s Family Theme Parks hopes to begin construction of its development before the end of the year, and the first phase — the main entrance and access roads, theme park hub and core parking — could be open in 2020.
The resort will ultimately have a theme park for young children, woodland adventure centre, an education and ecology centre, a hotel and woodland lodges, according to the plans.
Rotherham councillors 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.
Gulliver’s now has 21 days to wait for the decision of the secretary of state on its application. Managing director Julie Dalton said: “We are confident that the secretary of state will recognise the enormous benefit of our plans to the Rother Valley area and the local community. Our plans would transform an area of Rother Valley that has been disused for many years. Gulliver’s Valley would be our fourth UK theme park resort, bringing together the best elements of our existing resorts in Warrington, Matlock Bath and Milton Keynes.”