Go Ape! go-ahead for Normanby Hall

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Aug 2017

A BRAND new Go Ape! high rope adventure park is set to swing into Normanby Hall after being given the go-ahead by council planners.

The development is set to be built at the 300-acre site after North Lincolnshire Council backed the bid.

Applicant  Adventure Forest Ltd tabled proposals for the project in March and will now go forward with the plans, which are expected to take up seven acres of woodland.

Speaking at the planning meeting, Ben Davis, of Go Ape!, said: “We are passionate about getting people to interact with woodland and away from the virtual world.

“We want people to live life adventurously.”

Committee member Councillor John Davison said: “Normanby Hall is a great attraction and from the feedback that we have got, people are looking forward to seeing it here.”

The Go Ape! adventure park is set to bring 26 new full-time and part-time jobs to the region and is to include a reception cabin, zip wire and both an adult and junior course.

Planners were been told participants would have to be at least 10 years old, at least 1.4 metres tall and accompanied by a participating adult aged over 18 years.

The proposals have been developed in close co-operation with the park owner Sir Reginald Sheffield and consultations have been held with villagers in nearby Normanby, most of whom were said to be broadly supportive.

Go Ape! has been operating in the UK for 15 years and to date, has catered for more than seven million adventurers.

Up to seven trees at Normanby Hall will have to be felled to make way for the development and branches removed from others to allow platforms to be built on them.

The construction is set to take place outside of the bird-nesting season.

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