SnOasis' £19m improvement package

A £19million package of improvements to be carried out if SnOasis winter sports complex goes ahead has been revealed.The scheme, at Great Blakenham, would be East Anglia's biggest development since the Port of Felixstowe.

A £19million package of improvements to be carried out if SnOasis winter sports complex goes ahead has been revealed.

The scheme, at Great Blakenham, would be East Anglia's biggest development since the Port of Felixstowe.

The plans include a giant ski slope, ice rink, casino, nightclub, hotel, restaurants, railway station and hundreds of new homes.

Despite gaining Mid Suffolk District Council's backing, the Government decided to call in the plans for a public inquiry.


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Godfrey Spanner, the developer behind SnOasis, has said if he is granted permission for his plans, the improvements would include a £9m for a new railway station at Great Blakenham, £3m for improvements to the Copdock intersection, £2m for carriages for rail operator One and £1.5m for public transport.

There would also be £290,000 for Suffolk Constabulary to help with policing, and a further £180,000 for a new station, £150,000 for a new visitor centre, £100,000 to tackle traffic in Sproughton, £100,000 for more minor road improvements locally and £20,000 for cycle tracks.

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In addition, if the housing development by Persimmon Homes gets the go-ahead, there would also be a new school, doctor's surgery and better sports facilities created, said Mr Spanner.

Mr Spanner said: “Some people say I will take the profit and run if SnOasis or even just the housing development gets the go-ahead. I intend to be here with my team for the foreseeable future.

“Every expert we have spoken to has put a figure of £80m going directly into the local economy.

“Some people say Ipswich town centre will be badly affected by our scheme. If so, why did the Ipswich Town Partnership give evidence supporting us at the inquiry?

“Every poll shows we have the support of 85 per cent of the community. My personal intention is to give Suffolk something new and exciting to be proud of for many years to come.”

But the SnOasis project has divided opinion.

John Williams, chairman of the SnOasis Community Alliance, argued that the development would be “horrendous” for the surrounding area and will leave a large scar on the countryside.

The public inquiry is due to resume at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich from 10am on Wednesday for its final three days.

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