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BBC Wales's Tim Richards reports
"The developers have formally withdrawn their bid to build the park."
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Thursday, 20 January, 2000, 08:37 GMT
Theme park backers abandon Wales

Legend Court model This is how the covered theme park would have looked


The developers of a proposed 750m theme park in south Wales have formally confirmed the withdrawl of their plans.

Backers of the huge Legend Court scheme near Magor were refused planning permission to build one of Europe's largest parks.

Newport council rejected the scheme before Christmas amidst doubts it would not create the promised 4,000 jobs and fears it would damage the environment.

The scheme's backers were left with the option of appealing to the National Assembly.

But in considering possible alternatives, Legend Court Ltd has announced it is not interested in developing a smaller site in Wales and has switched its attention to the north of England.

Pencoed Castle The site included the ruins of Pencoed Castle
According to those behind Legend Court, the theme park on an 800-acre site bridging the M4 motorway at Magor would bring thousands of jobs.

The project would have included a giant theme park, film studio, hotels and shops.

The site also included the ruins of historic Pencoed Castle, built in the late 15th Century.

'Very frustrated'

Legend Court development director St John Hartnell said the council's refusal to grant permission came as a complete surprise to him, as the day before he had been told a straw poll of councillors had shown seven against the development and 47 for.

He said he felt very frustrated as his company had spent two years and 3m on exploring the Magor site, which the WDA had recommended to him in the first place.

A lot of the money went on carrying out environmental impact and archaelogical studies on the site before they even applied for outline planning permission, he added.

The consortium is now looking at a site between Chesterfield and Sheffield that is currently used as a golf course.

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23 Dec 99 |  Wales
Last chance for Legend Court
03 Nov 99 |  Wales
Giant theme park faces planning rollercoaster

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