Solicitor praised for key role in breaking deadlock over Snoasis

Hansells associate Chris Burgess Picture: HANSELLS

Hansells associate Chris Burgess Picture: HANSELLS - Credit: Archant

A lawyer who helped bring a complex winter resort application to the next stage has been praised for his efforts.

Chris Burgess, associate at Norwich-based Hansells Solicitors, helped plans for a £500m indoor winter sports resort near Ipswich take a big step nearer reality while acting for Mid-Suffolk District Council.

Mr Burgess, a town planning lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience, took the lead in drafting and settling the final planning legal agreements. The 350-acre SnOasis centre now has approval to be built in a former quarry at Great Blakenham. The project will create more than 5,000 jobs.

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“I very much look forward to working with Chris and Hansells again in the future.”

SnOasis has a long and complex planning history, having first been granted outline approval in 2008. It will provide a professional level ski slope, ice rink and bobsleigh run. The site will also accommodate an entertainment centre – with scope for further facilities such as retail units, a hotel, hostel and chalets.