The planning application for Secret Weapon 8 was unanimously approved by the Planning Applications Committee on 25th August 2016.

In late May 2016, plans for Secret Weapon 8 at Alton Towers Resort were added to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council website, you can explore these below.

In early August 2016, slightly amended plans were submitted, with the most notable change being to the pre-show, station, maintenance and shop buildings with four distinct areas now indicated, occupying a slightly smaller area of floor space than previously planned. Changes were also made to the queueline layouts, with the fastrack and disabled queues now routed around the perimeter of the ride area instead of above sections of the track, along with minor changes to the route of the main queue. However, there were no changes to the main track layout, or planned theming features.

In mid-August 2016, an additional application was submitted for the “demolition of existing maintenance/storage buildings and the erection of replacement maintenance/storage buildings” in the back of house area behind Duel, which the cover letter confirmed would¬†be a ‘storage and maintenance facility’ associated with SW8 although its exact use was unclear.

When the original application was granted approval it came with a number of conditions that the Resort would have to satisfy at the respective stage in the development. Some of these conditions required the submission of additional documents to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, with plans of potential interest featured below. They include plans for the drainage¬†infrastructure, a new pathway that was constructed alongside the development for the start of the 2016 season, and for the attraction’s lighting, which provided the first look at SW8’s main theming feature.