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okay so ive been reading up on the Churnet Valley Masterplan, and Alton Towers is a BIG part of this and has a lot of plans for the future. It gives a very good idea of how the resort could be changing/expanding over the next years. Heres the zones for development, but if you want to have a read of the rest it starts about page 109/110... http://www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/sites ... 0cover.pdf
Zone 1 - Redevelopment Area - Towers Street
Area of redevelopment/ retheming for leisure uses which must be sensitive to the heritage of the site. Need to consider impact on trees within the area.
Zone 2 - Redevelopment/ New Rides - South western area
Potential for redevelopment in this area which is sensitive to distance views, tree canopy, Bunbury Hill Fort and the Flag Tower. Leisure uses including new rides are potentially suitable within this area. Height restrictions should be considered due to this being the high point within the Resort. Any future development should be screened from long distance views and enhance the setting of the Flag Tower.
Zone 3 - Redevelopment Area
Potential redevelopment area for leisure use. Consideration should be had for the impact on trees within the area.
Zone 4 - Potential New Entrance
Potential new entrance to the park. Consideration needs to be had for the impact of any new entrance on visitor circulation and in particular impact on the historic gardens and trees.
Zone 5 - Relocation of Spinball Whizzer
Removal of Spinball Whizzer from this area. Consideration needs to be given to the impact on trees.
Zone 6 - Improved car parking
Area for improved car parking - advanced structural car parking and new planting. Consideration should be given to how surface run-off is managed. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) should be incorporated in any improved parking area.
Zone 7 - Entertainment Area
Potential new entertainment area and enhanced link from the hotel to the theme park.
Zone 8 - Area for holiday lodge development and/ or new ride
Area for holiday lodge development and/ or new ride. Consideration should be had for ensuring development does not go above the tree canopy. It must be ensured that development has no adverse impact on the woodland and the screening it provides. Development should sit clear of the woodland edge.
Zone 9 - The Gardens
Protection and enhancement of existing gardens. Consideration should be given to separate access to the gardens or ticketing options to allow for separate admissions. When considering visitor circulation within this area consideration should be had for the impact on the historic gardens.
Zone 10 - New Development Area
Maximise use within this zone before development within Zone 11 is considered. There is potential in this area for the following:
Improved parking and advanced structural planting; and
Hotel and lodge developments
In addition, within this zone is a derelict farm (Nicklin Farm) which may be suitable for re-use as an entertainment area however development must be sensitive to the heritage of the site. Consideration should be had for tree coverage and particularly the screening that trees offer along the southern and eastern edge of this zone. Trees on the northern edge provide an important break in views from the north. Consideration should be had for the heritage asset of the boundary ditch, bank and wall.
Zone 11 - Area of Sensitivity/ Limited Development Potential
Significant areas currently used for overflow car parking. Limited potential for development. Any potential future development must be sensitive to the historic parkland and biodiversity of the area. This is a visually open area to the north whereas the southern boundary offers a natural break in development.
Outside of these Zones:
Towers - continued restoration of the Towers and to actively look for new appropriate uses including visitor interpretation and display of the Alton Towers archive. Other uses might include tourist accommodation, administrative offices and retail use.
Station Lodge - refurbishment of the Station Lodge for active use (offices or residential use if no suitable alternative employment use can be found) will be encouraged.
Mill House - Currently in use but may be suitable for future re-use for tourist accommodation, craft workshops, cycle hire or other tourist uses.
Make of it what you will, but the rest makes for good reading too, so whats everyones thoughts?