Plans for a ‘jump tower’ and pop-up bar at a North Wales holiday park have been given the green light.
Outdoor attractions will be created at the Presthaven site in Gronant, near Prestatyn, located on the Flintshire-Denbighshire border.
According to Haven, the owners of the park, the jump tower is an “adrenaline-fueled” activity where guests freely fall from height on a large inflatable airbag.
A shipping container is also set to be converted to serve alcohol to visitors under the proposals, which were submitted to Flintshire Council in April.
A planning consultant acting on behalf of the company, which has 37 locations across the UK, said outdoor attractions were being added due to indoor activities limited by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a cover letter, Tabitha Howson said, “The proposed development is part of Haven’s ongoing investment program to improve and strengthen the range of facilities at Presthaven Beach Resort.
“At a time when the tourism industry seeks to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that holiday parks are able to improve and expand their facilities in order to respond to the changes in customer demands and expectations.
“These proposals are continued in this spirit, seeking to ensure that Presthaven Beach Resort continues to remain an attractive proposition to its guests.
“The development will also create four additional full-time positions in the park, with one new role created by the pop-up bar and three new roles by the jump tower.”
A council official has now approved the proposals using delegated authority after no objections were received.
In her decision notice, planning agent Claire Morter said the attractions would offer a number of benefits.
She said: “The proposed development will provide additional facilities for the enjoyment of vacationers within the existing trailer park.
“The structures, and in particular the jump tower, are not necessarily trivial, (but) they do not feel incongruous there.
“Accordingly, the request is considered to comply with local and national policy and is recommended for approval.”
Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter (more here).