Village to meet over massive project

TWO village meetings have been called to give people a close-up look at the latest bid for the £330million SnOasis winter ski complex.Great Blakenham and Claydon and Whitton Rural Parish Councils are hosting meetings in response to new proposals submitted by the developers to the planning authority.

TWO village meetings have been called to give people a close-up look at the latest bid for the £330million SnOasis winter ski complex.

Great Blakenham and Claydon and Whitton Rural Parish Councils are hosting meetings in response to new proposals submitted by the developers to the planning authority.

The Evening Star revealed earlier this month that additional details about the project's impact on transport infrastructure and the ecology of the area were set to be presented to Mid Suffolk District Council. A risk assessment associated with the proposed resort's proximity to a landfill site was also submitted.

Now, nearby homeowners will be meeting to look at the new information at events in the mid Suffolk villages next week. Special meetings will follow where people can vote on their formal response to the proposals.

Peter Welham is a member of Great Blakenham parish council and the SnOasis parish group - a consortium of 15 town and parish councils in the area.

He said: “The latest set of plans and transport documents include details of how 825,000 annual visitors, and workers, will impact on the Suffolk countryside - with more than 90per cent arriving by road.

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It's also significant that the resort which, according to original claims by the developer would be free to enter, is now to charge a fee for all visitors not staying overnight.

“Also, everyone will now have to pre-book to dissuade what developers call 'casual visitors' with no apparent concessions identified for local residents.”

The district council's planning referrals committee is due to meet at Great Blakenham Village Hall on April 20 and 21 to consider the three linked applications - one for the ski resort that includes a casino, cinema, chalets, hotel, and student hostel, one for the proposed rail station at Great Blakenham and the third from Persimmon Homes for 432 homes.

Great Blakenham Village Hall will be exhibiting the plans on Wednesday between 3pm and 7pm. It will then host an open meeting at 7.30pm on Monday, March 6.

Claydon will make the plans available at the Old Chapel, Station Road, on Monday between 4.30pm and 9.30pm. The meeting is at the chapel at 7.30pm on Monday, March 6.

What do you think about the SnOasis plans? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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