Yorkshire Wildlife Park Development

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ARTIST’S IMPRESSION OF THE NEW EXPANSION SITE

We’re delighted to reveal further details and the first artist’s impressions of the exciting new era for Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Our 150-acre expansion will create more ground-breaking animal reserves and bring new species to the Park, as well as enhancing visitor facilities and providing a huge boost for the local economy.

New 150 acre site

We announced in January that outline planning permission had been granted for the development, and now we can reveal some more of the details of the exciting plans.

Lakes, reserves and diverse habitats will be introduced in the expansion, so the Park can become home to more animals and springboard our efforts to help at-risk species. Landscaped walkways and dynamic viewing areas will give you, our visitors, an amazing experience.

A LANDSCAPED WALKWAY

New species

We are currently in talks with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria stud book keepers, who coordinate the breeding programmes for endangered animals and their movement between zoos in Europe. This will confirm which new species will be introduced here, allowing us to continue our conservation efforts which have been instrumental in protecting a range of endangered animals.

We’ll update your more on new arrivals as soon as we can!

A beautiful landscape

Sympathetic landscaping will be crucial to creating an immersive visitor experience, and will be a key feature of the new development. We have worked closely with ecologists to develop the landscape, aiming to protect the biodiversity assets of the area, enhance and promote the existing ecological values of the surrounding site and create new habitats and landscape features such as new trees, planting, pools and wetlands.

The outline planning consent granted earlier this year provided a series of development parameters across the animal reserves and visitor areas and full detailed planning consent for the entrance and car parks. The parameters, which are strictly controlled by Doncaster Council, established the maximum building height, massing, and the scale of the development. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park expansion will be developed entirely within these parameters as approved by the Planning Committee.

You can view the planning application and document by visiting www.doncaster.gov.uk.

AN ARTIST’S IMPRESSION OF ONE OF THE NEW ANIMAL RESERVES

Landmark destination

More than 88,000 children visited us last year to learn about wildlife and the environment, and we’re already home to more than 400 animals from more than 60 species. We are proud to play a vital role in international breeding and research programmes.

John Minion, CEO commented, “We are proud of what we have achieved so far and thankful for the support we have had from the local community and businesses along the way to create a wildlife park with an international reputation and an attraction that appeals to all the family. We now want to establish a landmark destination that contributes to conservation, our visitors’ appreciation of animal life and is a positive part of the economy and our community.”

A VISUAL OF THE NEW VISITOR HUB

YWP – A great success story

We first opened our doors to the public on April 4th 2009.

We are a multi-award
winning park, with a unique offering

We employ over 300 local people
and provide training & development support

To date, we have contributed
around £12.2m to the local economy

Over 33,000 school pupils have
benefitted from our award winning education programmes

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation have raised over £300,000 for animal welfare and conservation

We are home to the only
Polar Bears in England

We welcomed over 760,000
visitors in 2017


Mosham Road Roadworks and Closures

Over the summer of 2020 junction improvement works at the Hurst Lane / B1396 / School Lane junction in Auckley, also known as Lydgett Crossroads, will take place.  These works have been designed and agreed with Doncaster Council, are being funded by Yorkshire Wildlife Park and include carriageway widening within the existing highway boundary, signalisation of the junction and provision of a new signalised pedestrian crossing of Mosham Road, as well as new drainage, streetlighting, signage and lining.

The works have been planned to take place during the school summer holidays to minimise disruption but, due to a requirement to maintain key traffic movements through the junction, cannot be completed entirely within the school holiday period.  The works will therefore be undertaken in three phases involving various road closures to provide suitable working areas for construction.  These are detailed below and on the accompanying phasing plans.

Phase 1

Commencing on or after Friday 17th July 2020 at 01:00 until Tuesday 1st September 2020 at 06:00

The following road closures will take place:

  • The northern end of Hurst Lane at its junction with the B1396
  • The southern (westbound) carriageway of the B1396 Mosham Road / Main Street, Auckley
  • The southern end of School Lane at its junction with the B1396

Eastbound and westbound traffic movements between Blaxton and Auckley will be possible via two-way temporary traffic lights.  The diversion for Hurst Lane will be signed via Hayfield Lane and Gatehouse Lane.  The diversion for School Lane will be signed via Ellers Lane.

Vehicular access to James Motor Company and residential properties will be maintained, as will pedestrian access.

Phase 2

Continuing from completion of Phase 1 above until Monday 5th October 2020 at 06:00

The following road closures will take place:

  • The northern (eastbound) carriageway of the B1396 Mosham Road / Main Street, Auckley
  • The southern end of School Lane at its junction with the B1396.

Traffic movements between Blaxton, Auckley and Hurst Lane will be possible via three-way temporary traffic lights.  The diversion for School Lane will be signed via Ellers Lane.

Vehicular access to residential properties will be maintained, as will pedestrian access.

Phase 3

Commencing on a single Sunday on or after Sunday 6th September for a period of up to 10 hours commencing at or after 0800hrs with signs erected on site in advance advising of closure date. Closure to be completed by no later than the end of October

The following road closures will take place:

  • The complete junction will be closed for final resurfacing works.

No vehicular movements will be possible through junction.  The diversion for School Lane will be signed via Ellers Lane and for all other movements via Gatehouse Lane, Hayfield Lane, Hurst Lane, Great Yorkshire Way, Warning Tongue Lane, Cantley Roundabout, Doncaster Road and the B1396 to suit various origins and destinations.

Vehicular access will be restricted and there may be periods of restricted pedestrian access.

FAQs

Initially Hurst Lane was due to be closed during the school summer holidays, unfortunately the closure has been postponed by 6 weeks. Doncaster Council is working to minimise delay and disruption during this time. Alternative traffic management arrangements during this six-week period will be employed to allow through traffic along Hurst Lane.