Villages come out against SnOasis

PARISHES have today swung against proposals to build the £330million SnOasis winter ski complex in Suffolk.Three parish councils met this week to decide whether to give backing to the SnOasis planning application, set to be decided on by Mid Suffolk District Council next month.

PARISHES have today swung against proposals to build the £330million SnOasis winter ski complex in Suffolk.

Three parish councils met this week to decide whether to give backing to the SnOasis planning application, set to be decided on by Mid Suffolk District Council next month.

Bramford, Great Blakenham and Claydon and Whitton Rural parish councillors held final votes on whether to recommend refusal or approval to the plans – and each council chose refusal.

Great Blakenham Parish Council says it has recommended refusal for the ski complex because of issues surrounding traffic impacts, noise, air and light pollution and water and energy use.

It has already recommended refusal for a linked application for 432 homes and is yet to make a final judgement on another linked application, for a railway station in the village.

Bramford Parish Council has made a decision not to support all three proposals, although it says if the SnOasis complex is built, a railway station also needs to be built. Its main concern is the increase in traffic levels.

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Claydon and Whitton Rural Parish Council has also recommended that all three applications are turned down, worried that traffic will cut through the village to avoid the A14.

It says it would support the introduction of a railway station if traffic could be routed over or under the railway line, not over the village's level crossing.

The decisions came after village meetings were held in Great Blakenham and Claydon to give people a close-up look at the plans. More than 70 people attended the two meetings.

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 and the third from Persimmon Homes.

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