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Zoo redevelopment given go ahead

Barton Willmore has been given the green light to press ahead with the Natural Vision redevelopment of Chester Zoo following communities secretary Eric Pickles’ decision not to call in the plans.

The scheme, which includes plans for a Heart of Africa biodome, an expansion of the main entrance building, a hotel and additional car parking, 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.

The consultancy was also successful in securing 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 play host to a 900 sq m 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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