So two applications are Awaiting Validation
on the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council site.
- "Extension to the existing 'Air Shop' and the installation of a new themed entrance feature" - Link
- "Certificate of lawfulness for the lawful implementation of building operations (constructions works) that commence development of Alton Towers Hotel Extension (ref. 11/00402/REM1MJ)" - Link
This application refers to the Extension of Time that was given to the ATH extension, with the original application submitted in 2006 found here.
There aren't any more details or documents available at this time (aside from the old ATH extension plans), so it will be interesting to see how these develop.
It is interesting to see that they are keeping their options open in terms of the ATH extension. For those who may not be familiar, the Certificate of Lawfulness application is being used in this instance by Alton Towers to get the Council to confirm that they started on site before the expiry date of the original planning permission.
The permission for the hotel extension was due to expire in August 2014. It appears Alton Towers were rather cunning however in undertaking some minor ground works in preparation for the hotel extension a week or so before the expiry date of the planning permission. Provided a start was made on site before the expiry date then the permission remains valid indefinitely, which means if the application for the Certificate of Lawfulness is approved, and the Council therefore accept that a start was made, then they will have the option to extend the hotel whenever they like.
Whether or not the submission of the Certificate of Lawfulness application is an indication that they plan to start the hotel expansion soon though is anyone's guess.