In line with its Medium Term Development Plan that was submitted last month, Thorpe Park, the Merlin Entertainments-owned theme park in Surrey, UK, has applied for full planning permission to install a new water ride.

Subject to planning approval being received from the local authorities, the 64ft-high Spinning Rapids ride – to be built by Canada-based WhiteWater West and with a scheduled opening date of 2011 – will be located in the area currently occupied by Octopus Garden.

With a capacity of 600 people per hour, the ride will be a family attraction where a maximum of six people ride upwards in a rubber raft via a conveyor belt and then spiral downwards on a chute to ground level.