Green light for park bid
PLANS to extend Prinknash Bird and Deer Park have been approved and will create a new visitor centre and gift shop.
The £400,000 scheme, including an animal welfare building, will be built after planning officers at Stroud District Council granted the owner planning permission.
Melanie Meigh, who inherited the park at Cranham, from her father Philip Meigh, in 2008, said: "Everyone at the park is absolutely thrilled with this outcome. It means so much to us here and we can really kick on and progress now."
However, the monks of nearby Prinknash Abbey are unhappy with the plans and said they fear it will become a "theme park".
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Father Martin McLaughlin, bursar at the abbey, had called for the decision to be debated by the committee because the abbey is a Grade I-listed building and the 300-acre estate first came under ownership of the Catholic church 900 years ago.
He said: "We have no objections to the park being a bird park, but not a theme park. It could now go on and develop into something even larger on a site that has a great deal of religious significance.
"I can't say at this stage whether or not we will take our objections any further."