Leisure and Tourism

National Wildlife Conservation Park

Client: Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society

  • Town planning
  • Environmental planning

  • Graphic design


“Terence O’Rourke put together an excellent team to work on the NWCP scheme, and have shown commitment, enthusiasm and fresh thinking in assisting us with our planning strategy and subsequent hybrid planning application. We were delighted to be granted planning permission, with unanimous approval from the planning committee, for what we hope will be a truly iconic conservation wildlife attraction, of regional and national importance. We continue to value the professional advice and support from Terence O’Rourke as we work towards implementing the first phase of development.

SALLIE BLANKS, Project Manager, National Conservation Wildlife Park


In 2007 we were commissioned to prepare and submit a hybrid planning application to develop a 55-hectare estate in South Gloucestershire into a world-class, conservation-led visitor attraction. Upon completion of the master plan, 600,000 people will be expected to visit each year.

We coordinated a large consultant team and a number of specialist architects. These included a series of exhibits of endangered ecosystems from the UK and around the world, together with attractions and facilities to give an “immersive” visitor experience.

Preparation of the hybrid planning application (part outline and part full) included addressing the very special circumstances to justify development in the green belt. The application included an EIA and extensive surveying and mitigation proposals for protected species.

After securing the support of key stakeholders, South Gloucestershire Council unanimously supported the scheme. As a development in the green belt, the application was referred to the Government Office for the South West, but was not called in and consent was issued.

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