The Alton Towers Resort has withdrawn its application for planning consent to build 150 on-site lodges, which had been expected to open in 2014.
The two-phase development would have seen the resort install a range of lodges, "holes" and "huts" to the north of its two existing hotels. The accommodation would have resembled the Hobbit houses seen in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, but the plans had faced opposition from local residents.
Theme Park Tourist reached out to Alton Towers for comment on the withdrawal of the application, and received the following response: "Alton Towers Resort submitted a planning application in November 2012 for a two-phase themed lodge-style development to the north of the existing Hotels. However, even though future expansion of the Resort's accommodation remains a priority within the long term plan, a decision has now been made not to pursue this particular type of development at the current time and these plans have therefore been withdrawn."
Alton Towers has already gained planning consent for an extension to the existing Alton Towers Hotel, adding either 36 suites plus two bedrooms or simply 74 bedrooms. The resort's long-term development plan makes clear that the installation of additional on-site accommodation is still likely to happen at some stage.