Yorkshire Wildlife Park has announced plans to expand its facility with a £50m investment and the creation of 300 extra jobs.
The park has secured 150 acres of land adjacent to the current site and is developing plans in a bid to become one of the leading destinations in the UK.
The new land will enable a natural expansion of the existing park and a new access from Hurst Lane, which will benefit from the second phase of the Great Yorkshire Way road scheme, leading from the motorway network to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
The park is currently working with expert consultants and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to develop a plan for new car parks and optimum traffic management.
A visitor hub is being designed at the new entrance, which could include a destination hotel and supporting visitor facilities including restaurants and leisure shopping. This will include the relocation of the existing Safari Village shopping area. This will attract a wider audience from around the country – but also be a resource for local people, who will be able to access the facilities before the entrance to the WildlifePark reserves.
The park, in Branton, Doncaster, is currently developed on circa 100 acres of its current 300-acre site and is home to over 400 animals from more than 80 species.
It also currently employs 300 local people and there will be enhanced apprenticeship and work experience opportunities as part of the expansion.
Public consultation events on the new proposals will be taking place on Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17.