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Campaigners call on council to scrap park playground plan
AN action group campaigning against plans to build an adventure playground in Tatton Park has called on Cheshire East Council to scrap the proposals.
The Save Tatton Action Group has said Cheshire East planners are sending Bure Valley (Adventures) Ltd a second formal letter requesting further detailed information about the plans and documents submitted for the plans to create the BeWILDerwood development in the park.
The authority has told the Guardian planning officers have requested a further Environmental Impact Assessment from the company before the plans can go before the Strategic Planning Board.
Cheshire East is promising to spend £1.5million on the development’s infrastructure and loan Bure Valley £5million to construct the development.
The original plans were submitted in April 2012 but were deemed inadequate and planners issued a formal letter asking for more details.
Bure Valley responded 10 months later with a revised planning application in May this year.
A spokesperson for STAG said: “Given how long the proposed development has been in the planning stages – as we found out through Freedom of Information requests Cheshire East Council was in talks with Bure Valley for a long time before the public was informed – it is amazing that the actual planning application is so poor, it has to be effectively ‘sent back’, not once, but twice.
“If Bure Valley can’t manage to get their planning application right, can they be trusted to run a BeWILDerwood in Tatton Park? Especially one that the council taxpayer is funding to the tune of £6.5 million?
“Surely it is time Cheshire East admits it is bewildered by BeWILDerwood, bows out, and starts the ‘fresh and more positive conversation’ about Tatton Park the former cabinet member for prosperity, Clr Jamie Macrae, promised in February 2013.”
Bure Valley and BeWILDerwood were contacted for comment but were not available at this current time.
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