LaplandUK’s application for a three-year temporary license to trade at Whitmore Bog has been approved by Bracknell Forest Council.
Neighbouring Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council had raised concerns about the site’s location. The company said it would employ 250 new staff and inject £3m into the local economy.
Over 300 objections were received along with a 47-signature petition which raised concerns over traffic congestion, health and safety and the impact on the environment. Windsor and Maidenhead council, which is next to the site, said it would coincide with other busy events such as Ascot Christmas races.
LaplandUK insisted organised tours and pre-purchased tickets would avoid a mass influx of visitors. Over 400 submissions were sent in support of the plan.
The attraction is due to operate between 30 November and Christmas Eve this year and between 21 November and Christmas in 2014 and 2015. All buildings and facilities would be removed from the site in the intervening periods.
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