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Wales to get theme park, but no giant dome

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Plans for a giant dome in Wales to dwarf London's Millennium equivalent have been dropped, although the 323ha theme park it would have sat in is to go before planners within months.

The 200ha dome - with eight smaller satellite domes, a theme park, hotels and rail link - would have cost around £900 million. The planned site is agricultural land in Magor.

However, the developer - whose identity is being kept secret - decided that a 'much more contour-friendly scheme with covered areas, but not under one vast dome', would be more appropriate, according to George Ashworth, assistant director of planning at Monmouthshire County Council.

'Its shape has not been finalised but it will contain pirate and futuristic themes,' Ashworth said. 'At the moment we do not have a position on this; we would rather wait until we know important details like traffic movement.'

He would say only that one of the firms involved was American. 'We have to respect the confidentiality of respective developers.'

Greenwich's Millennium Dome may host the game show of the century, say its organisers. New Millennium Experience may run physical and mental ability contests to pull in the crowds. A spokesman for nme said that it was talking to broadcasters but that no deal had been signed. The show would be the range of broadcasts 'you would expect to see on live television,' he said.

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