Legoland Windsor Resort have today been granted planning permission for their Long Term Development Plan, paving the way for eight projects at the Resort.
First submitted back in June 2017, the Long Term Development Plan includes details for four new rides, a holiday village (to be built in three phases), an extension to ‘The Beginning’ which includes an extension to the ‘Big Shop’, and a reconfiguration of the car parking. Initial permission for the plans was granted back in May 2018, however due to the scale and nature of the development, the plans were referred back to the Head of Planning at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council to determine the conditions which would be attached to the schemes. As these conditions were not decided upon within two months the plans were referred back to the Planning Committee.
The approved plans will see a total of eight projects undertaken at the Resort. One of these, the Haunted House, has already been completed with the attraction having gained permission via a separate planning application submitted in March 2018. The remaining seven projects include plans for three ‘attraction zones’ which will feature a new indoor attraction – referred to in some documents as a potential rollercoaster, and two fairground style rides. With Legoland Resort Florida recently opening Lego Movie World, could these ‘attractions zones’ indicate where Windsor’s LEGO Movie World will be located?
‘The Beginning’ area of the Resort will receive a major refresh under the plans, including a 10m high, LEGOLAND Windsor entrance portal, and an extension to the ticket sales and collections building and the guest toilets. The Big Shop will also receive an expansion. The largest development will include both lodge accommodation and ‘Lego Barrels’, similar to those seen in Legoland Deutschland, with a building housing a reception area, restaurant, shop, and entertainment facilities for the new accommodation. A number of infrastructure projects also feature, with a reconfiguration of the car parks, and a change of use for the St Leonards Farm to be used for back of house facilities.