Plans for ‘a ground-breaking play village’ at The Alnwick Garden, which is set to boost the town’s economy by up to £7million every year, were approved by Northumberland County Council today.
Lilidorei Play Village will create the largest play structure in the world, based on an enchanted village woodland theme.
Now that consent has been granted, The Garden is now in a position to source funding for the scheme.
Lilidorei will create 56 full-time jobs, plus 40 temporary jobs for local craftsmen during the construction phase.
Mark Brassell, director at The Alnwick Garden Trust, said: “We are delighted that members of the Strategic Planning Committee have followed the recommendation of council officers and approved our plans for Lilidorei Play Village.
“Lilidorei will be a benchmark for outdoor play, a truly unique visitor attraction to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Our plans will create a year-round visitor attraction, bringing tourists and their spending power to the region throughout the year.
“With planning permission secured, we look forward to identifying funding partners to deliver this exciting new tourist attraction in the heart of Alnwick.”