HIDDEN Valley Holiday Park has received planning permission for an activities area which will include a semi-indoor structure for safe archery and two skytrail climbing frames.
BPS Planning Consultants submitted the application to Wicklow County Council on behalf of Hidden Valley, located in Rathhdrum.
Permission was sought for the construction of a semi-indoor structure for safe archery, two. skytrail climbing frames to heights of 14.65m and 2.5m and a raised resort events stage and 9.6m wide by 4.8m high silent big flat screen tv behind connecting only to visitors Bluetooth headphones, and all associated site works. These developments to be served by existing parking and access arrangements granted under a previous planning permission.
The application was lodged so Hidden Valley can continuously improve their facilities and attractions, after a very difficult 2020 and 2021.
The application sought to add three fully staff-managed new attractions to Hidden Valley's offering to visitors all located close to the Splash Valley Aqua Park facility where, together, these facilities will be clustered away from the noise sensitive overnight accommodation areas of the park.
The planning application stated; “More than ever before, there is a need for the park to be operational throughout this winter and to become a less seasonable business. Hidden Valley needs to bounce back and to do so it needs to respond to the pent up demand in its hinterland for day trips to the park.
"ln recent years, during periods when Covid restrictions did not apply, visitors have travelled to the park for the Splash Valley Aqua Park or for the Christmas lsland experience. Hidden Valley has not been able to offer a range of activities that would add up to a full day.”
Hidden Valley has always offered archery, but it has always been a summertime activity. The approval of planning will allow Hidden Valley Holiday Park to locate a permanent all weather archery facility within Hidden Valley that offers a safe place to practice.
The big flat screen tv is silent and can only be heard by guests wearing headphones issued to them by staff.
The numbers attending the park each day will be carefully managed to ensure that the existing access road, parking spaces, water and wastewater facilities already serving the park can accommodate them.