A councillor has said he is “not surprised” that international theme park Puy du Fou is looking for its first UK site in Oxfordshire.

Puy du Fou, an award-winning historical-themed attraction, is looking for a  300 to 400-acre site within a 40-mile radius of Oxford.

Real estate company, Savills has said Oxford’s “excellent transport links” and its “rich history” makes it the ideal place for the theme park’s third international site

The attraction currently operates in two locations, Les Epesses in the Pays de la Loire region of western France and Toledo, Spain.

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Cabinet member for travel and development strategy, Cllr Duncan Enright has been to the French site describing it as “one of the most remarkable places”.

He said: “I am not surprised they want to look in Oxfordshire because it is a fantastic place in terms of connectivity and existing offers to visitors.

“We already have world-class attractions and heritage sites like Blenheim and Bicester Village so it is not surprising they are looking somewhere like this.

“We are already a great place for visitors and tourists which is really good and they know they will find the skills here as they will need a lot of people to work at the place but it really is a matter for planning further down the line.

“The positives and negatives it is something that would have to be weighed up during the planning process.

“I would say Puy du For, I have been there in France, it is one of the most remarkable places.

"It is as much of a historic account as it is a theme park as we know them. It is much more of an expression of national identity.

“It is an interesting thought as if it came of Britain they would have to change it quite a lot as it would have to be an expression of British national identity.”

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Experience Oxfordshire, the official destination management organisation for the county said its "great" the area is being considered.

The groups CEO, Hayley Beer-Gamage: “Experience Oxfordshire has not yet been approached about the potential Puy du Fou development.

"However, bringing a brand with international reputation and significant inward investment would certainly bring economic benefit into the county.

"Providing there is a well-developed infrastructure plan supporting any application, alongside sensitivity to the locality, it would potentially be a welcome addition to the destination.

"It is great that Oxfordshire is being considered as the UK location for this new and unique attraction.”

Ian Simpson, head of the leisure and trade-related team at Savills, says: “The combination of Oxford’s excellent transport links and its exciting and rich history makes it the ideal area to identify a suitable site for Puy du Fou’s first visitor attraction in the UK, which is based on cultural and historical theatrical world-class shows.

“Additionally, as a private not-for-profit initiative, Puy du Fou reinvests 100 per cent of its profits into further artistic developments and has a proven track record of substantial investment into its key values which include conservation of the environment, protection of wildlife and engagement with the local community in education and commercial initiatives.

“It is determined to continue to provide this considerable investment in the area that it sets up in.”