Dream steps nearer

STAFF at Mid Suffolk District Council were today sifting through a mountain of paperwork following the submission of Suffolk's Snoasis dream.More than 120,000 pages of documentation have been submitted to cover every aspect of the outline proposal, including transport, environmental and sustainability issues.

STAFF at Mid Suffolk District Council were today sifting through a mountain of paperwork following the submission of Suffolk's Snoasis dream.

More than 120,000 pages of documentation have been submitted to cover every aspect of the outline proposal, including transport, environmental and sustainability issues.

The future of the £320million winter sports resort planned for Great Blakenham's former Blue Circle Cement Works site now rests in the hands of the planners.

Godfrey Spanner, managing director of developers Onslow Suffolk Ltd, said he is confident "every box" has been ticked with regard to the application.


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He added focus will now switch to producing detailed final designs for the vast array of facilities included in the plans.

These include the biggest indoor championship ski slope in the world, an outside toboggan run, an ice skating rink, a cinema and a hotel.

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He also revealed the estimated cost of the resort had increased by £20million, taking into account additional facilities now added to the plans, including the conference centre. The cantilevered design of the indoor ski slope has also added to the original price tag.

Plans to build a new £5million train station, including a 120-space car park and a footbridge across the track, have also been submitted in a separate application.

It could be built between Gipping Way and Chapel Lane in Great Blakenham, bringing in thousands more visitors to the resort.

Both bids will now be considered by Mid Suffolk District Council, who are today considering whether to apply for an extension to the eight-week deadline for determining planning applications.

This decision will be reached after the entire application has been read through.

A proposal from Persimmon to build 500 new homes on Hackney's Corner is likely to be submitted within the next fortnight.

A public exhibition of the Snoasis plans will take place at the site of the proposed development – Great Blakenham's former Blue Circle Cement Works site – from Monday, July 5 to Saturday July 11.

It will be open from 8.30am to 7.30pm during the week and until noon on the Saturday.

Snoasis will also have a stand at Saturday's Claydon High School fete.

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