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Lightwater Valley's plans to install 106 timber lodges were approved earlier this month, and the on-site accommodation is expected to open in time for the 2014 season.

The self-catering lodges will be designed to encourage longer visits to the theme park, and are expected to provide a boost for the struggling business. Marketing manager Simon Edwards told Wetherby News that profits fell by 12 percent in 2012, with visitor numbers likely to have been hit by poor weather and the London Olympics.

Previous attempts by Lightwater Valley to install accommodation on the site have been rejected, but on this occasion Harrogate Borough Council's planning committee unanimously approved the construction of the lodges. The park will invest some £5 million on the new development.

Located in Ripon, North Yorkshire, Lightwater Valley is one of the most popular theme parks in northern England. The park's most famous ride is The Ultimate, which was the longest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1991 and remains the longest in terms of duration. Alongside this, a number of smaller-scale thrill rides and family-friendly attractions are on offer, including three other roller coasters.

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