Monday, September 3, 2012

News: Rotherham's Visions of China nearer reality


A year after it was first announced, the multi million pound Visions of China leisure project in Rotherham is "making good progress."

In August last year, Rotherham Council confirmed leisure organisation China Vision Ltd and regeneration specialist MCD Developments as the preferred developers for the former Pithouse West colliery site, located to the north of Rother Valley Country Park.

The site of the proposed £350m YES! Project was put up for sale by the Council after original developers, Oak Holdings made a material lack of progress since entering a preferred developer agreement in 2003.

Visions of China will be a £118m, 120 acre cultural theme park set in an authentically built and landscaped Chinese environment combining a range of experiences and activities for visitors.

It is set to include oriental lakes and gardens, China Town retail street, a Shaolin temple and cultural centre, a theatre, children's fantasy land, restaurants, an oriental spa, pavilions, a pagoda and a hotel.

It aims to attract 1.5m visitors to Rotherham each year.

Council leader Roger Stone confirmed that he and council officers met last month with the Peter Moore and Stephen Byrne, the men behind the Visions of China project.

He said: "Although there is some way to go, I can say that the project is making good progress with much work going on behind the scenes.

"Projects such as these do take a long time with much negotiation taking place that the public never get to hear about until it is signed, sealed and delivered.

"The New York Stadium was a case in point when it hosted Rotherham United's first league game of the season."

Images: China Vision Ltd / RiDO


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