Alton Towers have placed two planning applications to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council in association with proposed changes relevant to the X-Sector area of the park – both rumoured to be in preparation for an upcoming ‘Secret Weapon’ rollercoaster on the current site of the Black Hole tent structure.
Both applications have been updated in recent hours, with a conservation area consent application (11/01205/CONSER) requesting’Demolition of Existing Structures (inc. Black Hole) to facilitate new rollercoaster‘.
Alon with this, a full application has been placed on the planning portal (11/01203/FUL) requesting planning permission for ‘Demolition of Existing Structures and Installation of New Rollercoaster, including associated ground works, buildings and landscaping‘.
During 2011, the tent was used as a base for extra charge Scarefest mazes Carnival of Screams and The Boiler House - which is now presumed to be the last time guests will have been able to access the tent. The Black Hole structure mentioned in the conservation area consent application was first installed in 1987, in preparation for the Black Hole rollercoaster which opened in March the following year. A relatively compact coaster, the ride stayed put when the surrounding area was converted into X-Sector for the arrival of Oblivion.