The author had proposed a £129m park based on his books in the South Tyneside area in the north-east of the UK.

The author sought to locate the park in the region, believing it could provide a similar boost to that provided by the Eden Project in Cornwall in the south-west.

He has written over 165 books and the Horrible Histories series – including titles such as the Vile Victorians and Terrible Tudors – have sold over 10 million copies in the UK alone.