SCOTLAND's first artificial surf park has taken a step closer to reality after more planning permission was approved. 

Artists drawings of the plans for Wavegarden Scotland show the extent of the project - which is hoped to create 140 jobs and generate up to £11million for the local economy every year. 

The visitor attraction is planned for the disused Craigpark Quarry near Ratho on the outskirts of Edinburgh. 

Central Fife Times: Artist impressions for the food and retail hubsArtist impressions for the food and retail hubs

The project will involve the installation of underwater technology that can create 1,000 waves per hour, from slow moving white water for beginners through to powerful barrels up to two metres high for experts.

Yesterday, the team's developer confirmed it had been backed by planners to include a food and retail hub, as well as glamping pods for accommodation.

The developer said: "Tartan Leisure Ltd, developers of Scotland’s first artificial surf park, Wavegarden Scotland, received planning permission today.

"Permission includes the hub complex which will provide food, retail, changing and leisure facilities, together with overnight accommodation."

Wavegarden Scotland is expected to open to the public in 2022.