Great Blakenham: Developer of SnOasis is declared bankrupt

THE developer of the ambitious SnOasis project has been declared bankrupt, it has emerged.

Godfrey Spanner, who was behind the plans for the large winter sports complex at Great Blakenham, was made bankrupt on March 14. His assets are now in the control of a trustee until March 14 next year.

He resigned as a company director of Onslow Suffolk Ltd on February 21. Peter Frohlich, co-director, is also bankrupt and resigned as both a director and the company secretary of Onslow Suffolk Ltd.

The future of the former quarry site is now unknown although Mr Spanner insists it will still go ahead as planned.

Outline planning permission to build on the site was granted two years ago and officials at the council have been waiting for detailed proposals to be submitted. A spokeswoman for Mid Suffolk District Council said they had not been notified of any change in Mr Spanner’s circumstances.

She said: “Planning permission runs with the land and is not dependent on the individual. It could be implemented subject to the section 106 agreement [conditions].”

Tim Passmore, leader of Mid Suffolk council added: “If the site gets sold, then the new owner would be welcome to proceed with the planning permission. “Whatever happens with the site, we need to get economic growth because if there is no money coming in, we are going to end up with problems.”

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Andrew Stringer, a Green Party county councillor and member of the SnOasis Planning Control Committee, said: “The committee has been ready and there were a team of planning officers ready to work on this but they are now working on other projects.”

Mr Spanner said he will act as an adviser to the companies involved in delivering SnOasis, claiming “SnOasis will continue to go ahead.”

He added: “The position I find myself in is nothing to do with SnOasis. I had a choice of paying an enormous amount of money back or not paying an enormous amount of money.”

Mr Frohlich and Onslow Suffolk Ltd were unavailable to comment.