This description indicates that the development being proposed for the resort is the widely anticipated SW8. Described as being located ‘nearby Nemesis’, and 75 metres away from the listed Prospect Tower (which is currently undergoing extensive restoration), suggesting the development could be located on a large area in the vicinity of Forbidden Valley, potentially over the current site of the Forbidden Valley Burger Kitchen, especially as the report describes that ‘at its northern end [the development] would allow such [theme park] character to spread slightly further than existing into the currently non-assessed early-mature woodland screening’. Also indicated within the report is the visibility impact the development would have on the surrounding landscape. Although no specifics are mentioned, three ‘high points’ are identified for the new ride, with ‘highpoint A’ being visible through the existing tree cover, although this point would be lower than the highest part of Nemesis.

Demolitions and removal of existing buildings and ride structures. Construction of new ride including tunnels, ground level changes, maintenance building, station, shop and pre-show building all with combined maximum total floor area of 1130sqm, single storey building to maximum height of 6m and two storey to maximum height of 7.5m. The new ride would have a 14.5m maximum height.”

One of the most intriguing elements of the report details the proposed type of construction of the new ride. Current details describe the ride being of ‘timber truss construction’ and suggests that this would minimise the visual impact of the development, keeping it sympathetic to the surrounding woodland. Also of interest is how ‘one or more’ of the high points would be ‘enclosed within “sound tunnels” which could possible hint towards a ride which is at least a wooden hybrid.

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