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Crealy planning
Intamin’s order book is wet
Intamin has a high number of water rides on its order books for future
delivery. "The success of Pilgrim's Plunge at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
contributed to that," believes Intamin and Ride
A landmark appeal decision has clarified the planning status of
Trade's Sascha Czibulka.
amusement park rides in the United Kingdom.
Within the next few years the Swiss supplier will
Crealy Great Adventure Park had been advised by East Devon District
deliver several smaller clones of the ride, before
Council that it could erect a rollercoaster and swinging pirate ship without
eventually building a taller one. Also planned are
the need for planning permission as the park benefitted from “Permitted
several Rapids rides going into Europe and Asia,
Development Rights.” However, after the rides were constructed in 2000
and two Spillwaters to Europe.
and 2002, the council decided that retrospective planning permission was
Intamin is delivering two new rollercoasters in
2010, one to Kings Dominion in Virginia and
Crealy then asked the planning specialist RPS to advise on a way
another to an unidentified European park.
forward. RPS advised that planning permission was no longer required as
The company is also supplying monorails to
the rides in question had been in situ for more than four years, so an
attractions in Italy and Africa.
application was made instead for a “Lawful Development Certificate.”
The council refused both applications, stating that amusement park
rides are a use of land, not operational development; therefore they need Accessible fun for all in
to have been operating for 10 years in order to be lawful.
Supported by the BALPPA, RPS appealed both refusals on behalf of
San Antonio
Crealy, arguing that both rides are substantial operational developments in
their own right and are therefore immune from enforcement after four
Scheduled to open this coming April,
years. The Inspector accepted RPS’s case and allowed both of the appeals,
Morgan's Wonderland is the world's first
stating that the council could not take enforcement action against them.
ultra accessible family fun park.
“This is an important case and affects any amusement park ride in the
The 25-acre park is located in 2010
UK that is physically attached to the ground (as opposed to travelling
in San Antonio, Texas, and has been
rides) built between four and 10 years ago,” highlights RPS director Nick
designed specifically for guests with
Laister. “Such rides are lawful after four years, not 10, and if they are
special needs. In this unique
operating in an amusement park, adventure park or similar attraction, a
environment they can enjoy outdoor
council is unable to take enforcement action against their use. Crealy and
recreation with family and friends in an
RPS are both grateful for BALPPA’s considerable support in this appeal.”
entertaining and safe environment.
RPS has also secured planning permission for the same park’s log flume
Chance Morgan is supplying several
and carousel rides along with a Lawful Development Certificate for the
rides to the park. For the Off-Road Adventure Ride it will deliver four standardised
park as a whole, in addition to a resolution to grant planning permission
and four wheelchair accessible Jeep-style vehicles. A CP Huntington Train will
for a 30-unit holiday park on the site.
consist of two accessible coaches and one regular coach. Chance will also supply
a custom-designed 36ft Carousel with accessible chariots.
Coaster comeback
New from Bob's Space
One of the rides at the centre of Crealy’s recent planning appeal is to get
a new lease of life. The park is to spend £150,000 reinventing its Devon
park’s Pastil Loco rollercoaster (pictured) as Maximus, a Roman-themed
ride which will re-open in time for February school holidays.
Available in two sizes, Bongo
The park has appointed local building contractor Michael Thorne to
Beat (pictured right) is perfect for
complete the transformation, which involves covering the highest section of
either the arcade or the midway.
track, and a complete
The faster players bang their
retheme of the
bongos, the faster their monkey will
surrounding structure.
move up the palm tree. The first
The design for the
one to the top is the winner, a
theming was prepared
familiar feature from Bob’s Space
by Mark Golding at
Space Leisure.
Lucky Duck (left) from is based
The Vekoma ride
around the classic carnival game,
originally opened in
but now has a flat screen display
2000 and has become
that shows the player electronically
one of the park’s most
what size prize they have won while
popular rides, along with
providing the operator with built-in
the Swinging Queen
revenue accountability.
Bess pirate ship and
Other new games from Bob’s
Tidal Wave log flume.
include Speed Bag, a child-sized
punch bag game, and Big Dog, a
El Pasil Loco
mini version of Dog Pounder.
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