Hope wildlife sanctuary’s future secure after ‘incredible’ response to appeal

The future of the Wildwings Wildlife Reserve based at Taylor Business Park, Risley, Warrington, has now been hopefully secured until at least December 2025, following an “astonishing” response to a public appeal for funding.

Not only did the bird sanctuary go over the £6,500 they thought they would need to get full planning permission – they have now been told they only have to apply for a non-material amendment and a variant of conditions – which will only cost hundreds, not thousands of pounds.

Almost five years after being granted planning permission, Carole Rose and Ian Middleton, who run the Wildwings Birds of Prey Wildlife Sanctuary, had been told by Warrington Borough Council planners, that they should reapply for permission.

Carole said: “After incredible support from the public, we have actually exceeded our goal. Then, after the media coverage, the council called me to inform me that after further research, we did not need to submit a full planning application after all.

“We need to submit a non-material change and then a condition change again. This should add up to a total cost of several hundred rather than the thousands of pounds that the full application would have cost. This should then give us at least until December 2025. The decision on the first application that has now been submitted should be made within 28 days.

Wildlife sanctuary urgently needs to raise £6,500 to secure new planning permission

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