Holmes Chapel Zoo, ZooU, P, planning docs

Zoo2U has submitted plans for a zoo and wildlife centre in Holmes Chapel. Credit: Planning docs

Zoo and wildlife park plans lodged in Cheshire

A visitor centre and several animal enclosures feature in the proposals earmarked for a three-acre site at Orchards Farm, off Twemlow Lane in Holmes Chapel.

It is a revision of a previous scheme which was rejected by Cheshire East Council planners last year on grounds that the proposed development would encroach on the countryside and impact its character and appearance.

Applicant Zoo2U says it has outgrown its previous premises at Hall Farm in Alsager, where it offered on-site educational animal experiences with meerkats, skunks, and reptiles.

The business also offered junior and adult zookeeper experiences and public open days. The zoo took on apprentices, full-time, and part-time staff, as well as supporting students, volunteers, and work experience placements.

Zoo2U said it is looking to relocate to a site that would complement an ongoing farm diversification development and broaden its wildlife conservation activities, according to a planning statement submitted with the application.

Buildings proposed for the Holmes Chapel site would be single-storey. The majority, apart from the reception building, would be enclosed by 1.8m timber security fencing. The applicant is also waiting on a zoo licence pending planning approval.

The project team features Richard Lee Project Planning, Danial Matthias Architecture, Anser Ecology, and Professional Consult.

To view the plans, search for reference number 24/1108C on Cheshire East Council’s planning portal.

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I think its a brilliant idea and I don’t believe it will spoil the area only enhance it you will still have the spectacular views all around it think its a brilliant idea children will enjoy it

By Anonymous

The area is already Jammed with traffic on a small country road used by the Ice Cream Shop. It is a rat run from Chelford Road to the A50. The traffic will cause pollution in a quiet area. It definitely will spoil the whole of Twemlow.

By Anonymous

What a brilliant proposal. It’s already a farm and has visitors to it’s ice cream cafe, so this is just a further educational area that would enhance the site. I don’t believe it would cause any additional traffic problems or disruption to locals but would give the farm another dimension.

By Anonymous

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