South Shields to welcome new dinosaur-themed adventure golf course at Ocean Beach Amusement Park

How the new adventure gold development could look
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South Tyneside Council's planning department has approved plans for a dinosaur-themed 'adventure golf' attraction in South Shields.

The attraction is planned to be located at the Ocean Beach Amusement Park, and adjacent to Oasis Amusements. The land has previously been used for other family attractions, including a seasonal 'observation wheel' and 'junior driving school'. The new attraction will consist of an "adventure golf course" with a dinosaur theme, sculptures, trees and a 'waterfall'. A connecting bridge will join two parts of the golf course together, with each area surrounded by boundary fencing.

Council officials believe the adventure golf course will be a "tourist attraction" and "operated in conjunction with the adjacent amusement park at Sea Road". They also noted that it will "supplement the existing Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf Course" nearby and would have an "overall neutral effect on the setting of the neighbouring heritage assets".

During a council consultation on the plan, one local resident responded positively, stating that the project would "be an asset to our seafront [and] a lovely modern new attraction to bring new excitement to South Shields".

South Tyneside Council's planning department gave the green light to the application on May 29, 2024, after assessing it against planning policies.

The decision report from the council planners confirmed that the proposed 12-hole golf course would be built around a water feature and would feature three animatronic dinosaurs.

The plans also include a kiosk, which will be a converted shipping container clad in timber, and the site will be enclosed by boundary fencing.

Council planners highlighted that the plans would "bring a further attraction to the seafront" and would not have any negative impacts on protected nature sites, subject to certain conditions.

They also noted that the golf course proposal was acceptable in terms of its impact on heritage assets, including nearby parks, and was "positioned within a sustainable location".

The council's decision report added: "Given the nature of the proposal and given separation distances between the proposal and nearest residential properties, it is considered that it would have no unacceptable impacts on the amenities of the occupiers of neighbouring properties (including in relation to noise)."

"The proposed days and hours of use 10am to 10pm each day, align with the hours of opening to the adjacent attractions."

"Due to the context of the area, with numerous attractions, facilities and commercial business operating into the evening, it is not considered necessary to impose an hours of operation condition".

The team behind the project previously stated that the adventure golf attraction would increase footfall and visitor trips to the area, and would have a "short-term visual impact".

It was also highlighted that "the intended structure whilst being a permanent fixture due to its very nature and construction will be a completely reversible alteration on the landscape when no longer required".

Under planning conditions, the adventure golf course must be implemented within three years.

For more details on the plan or council decision, visit South Tyneside Council's planning portal website and search reference: ST/0141/24/FUL.