Planning application for 10m wildlife park submitted by Nottinghamshire Lion Man

23rd February 2023


Denise Knipe

MSc MRTPI Managing Director

A “state-of-the-art” planning application has been submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council, for a sanctuary for endangered animals by Licensed zoo keeper Reece Oliver. This comes after he secured a 23-acre plot of land in Broxtowe, in a deal brokered by commercial property consultants OMEETO.

The planned facilities make use of solar panels, heat pumps, rainwater capture and recycling, making it one of the first sustainable and carbon neutral visitor facilities in the UK according to its developer.

His plans for the sanctuary, named the Broxtowe Retreat, include reserves for rescued endangered animals as well as a tropical-themed spa complete with Rainforest inhabitants, an African water-hole themed restaurant and function venue. Visitors will be able to stay in 27 guest lodges, each with unique views into the expansive animal habitats.
An on-site education centre with qualified teachers would provide “out of the classroom” practical experiences for school children, college and university students and apprentices.

The retreat would be operated by an experienced team of experts to the highest animal welfare standards according to Lion man Oliver.

He said: “With the purchase of the land complete, we have now submitted plans for consideration by the borough council which I am confident will be approved.

“Rescuing animals is something that is very close to my heart, and we intend to create a world class sanctuary for animals and a uniquely special experience for visitors to enjoy.”

You can read more about the plans here.