Chester Zoo safari lodges May RS

Chester Zoo's plans for 51 African-style lodges have been approved. Credit: planning docs

Africa meets Cheshire as lodges plan accepted

Chester Zoo has been given the green light to go ahead with its safari-style accommodation proposal at its site off Caughall Road in Upton.

The Grasslands project has been approved in a delegated decision made by Cheshire West and Chester Council planners.

Offering views overlooking the zoo’s giraffes, the 51 lodge development will come with a reception, a lake, and restaurant bar facilities for guests and day visitors.

There will be a mix of four-person and six-person lodges. The island created in the centre of the lake will provide a focal view for guests, while creating an inaccessible area perfect for wildlife to thrive according to the plans.

The route between lodges widens out to imitate an African village street character, which has a more urban and ‘man-made’ character.

Gillespie’s, Buttress, SK, Cheshire Ecological Services, Kennedy Redford, BDP, and ArbTech all feature on the project team.

To view the plans, search for reference number 22/02129/FUL on Cheshire West and Chester Council’s website.

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Good idea would be nice to wake up at the zoo

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“African village street character”. Africa is a continent consisting of 54 countries. Which village street are you referring to?

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