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Go Ape set to swing into Yorkshire

Go Ape's plans for a new high ropes adventure course at a landmark site in Leeds look set to swing into action after the business' planning application was recommended for approval.

An area of woodland to the north-east of the main car park of Temple Newsam, known as Menagerie Wood, has been earmarked for the attraction which is set to support about 30 jobs.

According to a report to be scrutinised by councillors next week, the proposal represents "appropriate facilities for outdoor recreation" and is considered suitable for the "green belt location".

The development, which attracted 20 letters raising objections and ten expressing support, is also not expected to seriously harm the character and appearance of the Special Landscape Area.

Overall, it is felt the attraction would help enhance the range of recreational activities at the Temple Newsam park and offers an opportunity to generate income to be directed to improvement projects at the estate.

It is also thought any adverse impacts of the development can be mitigated by appropriate planning conditions. Planning officers have recommended the application should be approved.

Go Ape will enter into a lease licence concession arrangement with the council for a period of 20 years if planning permission is granted.

The business has been looking for a site in Leeds for about a year and, together with Leeds City Council, had initially been planning to develop a high ropes adventure course in Roundhay Park until those plans had to be shelved after a public consultation.

The Temple Newsam course would be made up of a number of elements including a central platform with access stairs, stockades and access rope ladders.

There will also be platforms built on trees, timber and wire crossings, zip wires and zip wire landing zones.

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