An artist's impression of the Sandown site

A new large-scale high ropes course on the Isle of Wight has moved a step closer following the Isle of Wight Council’s decision to back the plans.

Sandown Sky Trail at Sandham Gardens, is a bespoke-built course which will stand 13m high overlooking the beachfront at Sandown.

The attraction will include a three-tier high-level course and zip-rail.

Heritage Attractions Ltd, which owns The Needles Landmark, has a 50-year lease with Sandown Town Council to develop the town’s Sandham Gardens and believes the development will provide the spark for a new phase of regeneration for the area.

Marino Zanti from Heritage Attractions Ltd said:

“We’re pleased with the council’s recommendation to approve our plans for Sandown Sky Trail at Sandham Gardens.

“Heritage Attractions Ltd has a great track record of running a successful island attraction, working closely with other local businesses and employing Island residents.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the councils and community to further redevelop Sandham Gardens which will bring more jobs to the area, complement the beach and existing tourism attractions, while also encouraging more people to visit.

“We’re sure this can be the catalyst for the next stage of Sandown’s regeneration.”

Plans for Sandham Gardens also include a high specification adventure golf course, electric karts, enhanced catering and beach huts.