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Chester 'super zoo'project clears final hurdle

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Communities secretary Eric Pickles’ has decided not to call in the plans for a huge redevelopment project at Chester Zoo

The ‘Natural Vision’ scheme includes plans for a Heart of Africa biodome designed by Proctor and Matthews Architects, an expansion of the main entrance building, a hotel and additional car parking and is expected to take up to 15 years to complete.

Barton Willmore provided planning, masterplanning and landscape design support for the scheme, which is expected to cost £225 million and was given outline approval by Cheshire West and Chester Council in September. AECOM also worked on the project.

Elsewhere Barton Willmore has also suceeded in winning planning permission on behalf of the Solders, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association for the regeneration of part of Southglade Park in Nottingham into a health facility.

The site will host a 900m² health centre with enough room for up to six doctors’ consulting rooms, three nurses’ rooms, two treatment rooms and a pharmacy.

There will also be associated landscaping and designated car parking.

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