Plans to build a massive adventure park at Bluewater Shopping Centre have been given the green light by Dartford councillors following a planning meeting last week.

The proposals, which were lodged with the Council last year, seek to bring a range of new activities to the popular Greenhithe shopping centre including a 680-metre zipline 'Skywire'; a gravity swing; along with a skydiving simulation machine.

The Hangloose Adventure Centre have since been approved by members of the Development Control Board on Thursday, August 8.

According to council documents, the proposed adventure park would be situated towards the western and southern boundaries of the Bluewater site, close to the chalk cliffs and woodland areas.

The plans also outline that the park would open between 10am until 5pm from Easter until the end of the October half term period, except during the Summer school holidays in which see the park's opening times extended to 8pm from Monday to Thursday with the park closing at 6pm for the rest of the week.

However, Bluewater's latest venture has not gone down well with everyone as the entire project has received close to 100 objections over two consultations held since November last year, many of which cite concerns over the potential loss of parking, increased traffic and the loss of the nearby nature trail.

One letter of support was also submitted amongst the objections which claimed that there is nothing else like it within the South East and that it could be beneficial to certain youth groups, citing the Scouts as an example.

When asked to comment on the recent approval, a Bluewater spokeswoman said: "As Europe’s leading shopping and leisure destination we’re always looking for new opportunities to enhance our offering to guests.

"Hangloose Adventure Zone is one of the UK’s most loved family attractions and we look forward to welcoming them next year."

The Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council were also consulted on the plans where the issue of increased traffic visiting the new site was raised, with developers being asked to consider the surrounding infrastructure to ensure it can handle the predicted traffic increases.

Councillors deemed the plans appropriate for approval but subject to a number of new conditions which would see music banned from being played on any external speakers within the site.

Works on the new park are also being restricted with any construction to be carried out between 8am and 7pm from Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.