SnOasis review to be unveiled

CONCLUSIONS were due to be announced today from a nine-month investigation over the proposed SnOasis leisure complex at Great Blakenham.The report was commissioned by a regional consortium at the start of the year to look into the economic impact of the £330million ski resort if it is built in the area.

CONCLUSIONS were due to be announced today from a nine-month investigation over the proposed SnOasis leisure complex at Great Blakenham.

The report was commissioned by a regional consortium at the start of the year to look into the economic impact of the £330million ski resort if it is built in the area.

Partners in the consortium include Mid Suffolk District Council, the Suffolk and East of England Development Agencies, and other authorities and agencies in the area.

James Cutting, economic development officer from Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “The report has examined the viability of the SnOasis proposal.


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“The study has identified opportunities that may be created for businesses and labour forces in the nearby area to benefit from the applications if they are approved.

“It has also highlighted negative impacts to the economy, so a broad and balanced view can be reached.”

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Real estate advisors DTZ Pieda Consulting have been working on the report since February and were due to announce the findings at a presentation at the Mid Suffolk District Council offices at 3pm today.

The company's brief was to assess the economic impact and viability of the scheme as a whole, comprising major leisure and sports complex, approximately 500 additional homes with community facilities and a new railway station.

Three related planning applications for the development were submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council last year and the results of this study will play an important part in the further detailed consideration and subsequent determination of the proposals.

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