SnOasis public inquiry reaches final day

FINAL arguments in the battle over SnOasis were today due to be put to the public inspector who holds the fate of the giant ski slope in his hands.SnOasis Community Alliance, the main group opposed to the £300million scheme proposed for Great Blakenham, were set to present their closing arguments this morning on the final day of the public inquiry at Ipswich Corn Exchange.

FINAL arguments in the battle over SnOasis were today due to be put to the public inspector who holds the fate of the giant ski slope in his hands.

SnOasis Community Alliance, the main group opposed to the £300million scheme proposed for Great Blakenham, were set to present their closing arguments this morning on the final day of the public inquiry at Ipswich Corn Exchange.

William Upton, the barrister acting for the alliance, was expected to present a series of reasons why SnOasis, an adjacent 421-home housing development and a new railway station should not be built in the village.

But his arguments were expected to be countered by Mid Suffolk District Council - which approved applications for all three developments last year - and Onslow Suffolk, the developers behind the SnOasis project.

If built, SnOasis would see the construction of an expansive winter sports resort on the former Mason's quarry site. Along with an indoor ski slope, ice skating rink, ice climbing wall and other winter sports facilities there would be a sports academy, hotel, chalets, conference centre, cinema, restaurants, nightclub and visitor centre.

At the conclusion of today's hearing, planning inspector John Gray was due to retire to consider what his recommendations to the government will be.

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The government is expected to rule on whether SnOasis should be built later this year.

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