Ski complex given green light
on November 11, 2008 by Administrator
British fans of winter sports across the country have been celebrating this week after the government announced that a large winter sports resort will be built in Suffolk. The resort is expected to cost approximately £350 million and will be constructed in a disused quarry.
At the moment, there are only a few places in the country where skiers and snowboarders can go to perfect their skills before they head to various resorts across the continent for a week or two on the slopes. However, the Department of Communities and Local Government has caused excitement among winter sports fanatics by giving the development, called the SnOasis, the green light.
The development has, however, caused some controversy in the local area. Local residents and environmental groups including Natural England have expressed concerns about the decision to build the resort but Hazel Blears, the Secretary of State, is said to be “satisfied” that the proposal is “in accordance with the development plan”.
Natural England is concerned that the great crested newts currently inhabiting the site will not be protected adequately and the developer of the resort has decided to focus upon the financial benefits of the scheme rather than addressing such concerns.
Furthermore, the chairman of SnOasis Community Alliance, John Williams, believes that the resort will severely damage the local environment and will lead to increased congestion on the roads of Suffolk, which are already under pressure from vehicles.
The managing director of Onslow Suffolk, Godfrey Spanner, believes that the resort will bring “countless opportunities for jobs, the local and national economies [and] education”.