THE fairytale is to become a reality for Alton Towers after planning chiefs gave the green light for luxury treehouses – creating around 140 new jobs in the process.
The popular theme park has revealed development of The Enchanted Village will start later this year after Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s planning committee gave the plans the go-ahead.
The new on-site accommodation will be located next to its existing hotels and will house 120 fairytale lodges and five unique luxury treehouses alongside children’s play areas and a brand new themed restaurant that will also feature family entertainment.
Opening in spring 2015, The Enchanted Village will be completely themed around a fairytale hideaway and located in woodland next to the Alton Towers Hotel.
Mark Kerrigan, development director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “We are delighted to have been given the go-ahead on the Alton Towers Enchanted Village.
“The new accommodation will further enhance our position as a short break destination and also provide significant opportunities for the local area.
“We have worked incredibly hard in recent years to grow tourism in Staffordshire and are extremely excited about bringing this new concept to life over the coming months.”
To add to the feel of the new Enchanted Village, an artists impression submitted alongside the plans show wooden buildings and some with the fairytale pointed turret-type roofs.
The new expansion will neighbour the main theme park, which includes rides such as Thirteen, Nemesis and The Smiler.
The spokesman added that the luxury treehouses will offer ‘a distinctive short break’ for guests visiting the famous theme park with an indoor waterpark and on site spa. They will sleep groups of eight people while the fairytale lodges will provide family accommodation sleeping five visitors.
Merlin Entertainments, which owns the park along with Blackpool Tower, Madame Tussauds and Thorpe Park, said the new jobs will include full and part-time positions and will be available to Uttoxeter jobseekers.
The resorts updated Long Term Development Plan was revealed in late 2012 and was made available online at the Alton Towers Heritage website.
The report plans out the future of the theme park until 2019 and its purpose is to inform Staffordshire Moorlands District Council as well as residents of the surrounding area what the core strategy for the resort will be over the next few years.
More information on the treehouses and plans for Alton Towers is available by visiting the website at www.altontowers.com