Doncaster Council to make decision over plans for Yorkshire Wildlife Park 'theme park'

The entrance to Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The entrance to Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Doncaster Council's licensing committee is set to make a decision this morning over plans for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to operate as an outdoor music venue - which has led to residents raising concerns that this could turn the tourist attraction into a 'theme park'.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park has submitted an application to Doncaster Council for an additional licence to operate as an outdoor event venue and continue its successful ‘safari nights’.

If the plans are successful this will mean the venue will have permission to host events for up to 15,000 people.

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The Branton based facility already holds two premises licences, one, granted in 2009, which covers the restaurant and a second, granted last year covers the whole site including all indoor and outdoor areas.

This application, which the council are set to make a decision on this morning, is for a new premises licence to operate in a specific area of the park for a maximum of 12 events per year.

The proposal has resulted in 32 letters of objection including one from Auckley Parish Council which stated: “The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a very popular facility for both adults and children to visit, and the conservation work undertaken is extremely valuable.

"However members of the parish council have concerns regarding a second application for a licence to enable a change of use to operate live music which can have an adverse impact on residents and possibly animals living in the park.”