SnOasis gets the go-ahead

THE £320million SnOasis winter sports complex has today been given the go-ahead to be built in Suffolk.Mid Suffolk District Council's planning committee agreed by nine votes to six to give it the green light.

By John Howard

THE £320million SnOasis winter sports complex has today been given the go-ahead to be built in Suffolk.

Mid Suffolk District Council's planning committee agreed by nine votes to six to give it the green light.

Campaigners fighting to stop SnOasis being built at Great Blakenham had told the committee it would be a ghastly blot on the landscape and devastate a beautiful area of rural Suffolk.


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But developer Godfrey Spanner, who was supported by swimming star Karen Pickering, argued: “What we have proposed is good for the community and good for the region. It would be wrong for Suffolk to miss this opportunity.”

SnOasis would include a main ski slope - 475 metres long with a 100 metre vertical drop - a golf course, ice rink, bobsleigh ride, casino, nightclub, conference centre, 350-room four star hotel and 350 chalets for guests.

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The decision could still be called in by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for his final approval.

For the full story and reaction, see Saturday's EADT.

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