Expert appointed over SnOasis scheme
THIRTEEN Suffolk parish councils have today appointed a planning expert to advise them on the £320million SnOasis winter sports resort.The group, brought together by the Suffolk Association of Local Councils, represents more than 13,000 people.
THIRTEEN Suffolk parish councils have today appointed a planning expert to advise them on the £320million SnOasis winter sports resort.
The group, brought together by the Suffolk Association of Local Councils, represents more than 13,000 people.
Dr Wendy Le-Las, who for 16 years has represented parish councils and community groups throughout the UK on such issues, will take up the role of consultant.
The group will look into all aspects of the proposal and address concerns about the scheme, including the issue of traffic.
Former county councillor John Williams, who was appointed chairman, said the move would "pool" local knowledge and resources.
He said: "It was decided to appoint a planning consultant to advise and guide us through the fine, and in some cases, very specialised details. That way everyone will fully understand the issues and be able to present logical and objective responses within the consultation period."
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He added the group would ensure all aspects of the application are considered, including drainage, pollution and sustainability.
Councils represented in the group are Somersham, Copdock and Washbrook, Creeting St Mary, Creeting St Peter, Sproughton, Little Blakenham, Great Blakenham, Bramford, Nettlestead, Barham, Claydon and Whitton, Needham Market and Henley.
The SnOasis application, for Great Blakenham's former cement works site, is currently being considered by Mid Suffolk District Council.
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