Hereford & Worcester

West Midlands Safari Park expansion up for discussion

Lions watching glass being cleaned
Image caption A new £500,000 lion enclosure opened at the park in August.

Multi-million plans to expand West Midlands Safari Park will go before council planners next week.

The proposals include a 250 bedroom hotel, a 1,000 delegate conference centre, and a water park on land at Bunkers Hill.

There is also provision for a new stop on the Severn Valley Railway.

Wyre Forest District Council has said the move could create nearly 300 additional jobs in the area and bring in £10m to the economy.

The plans will be considered at the council's cabinet meeting on 17 September. An application for the project could then be submitted later this year.

Wyre Forest District Council's cabinet member for Place Shaping, Councillor Anne Hingley said: "The Safari Park is one of a number of projects referenced in the Plan that we hope will boost the local economy and provide job opportunities for local residents. "

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