£500 million winter sports complex ‘on piste’

Planning approval for an indoor ski resort and leisure facilities in Suffolk, will pave the way for construction of a 100-metre-high real-snow ski run.  The SnOasis complex will help to promote growth in the region, creating 3,000 jobs during the construction phase, and 2,000 full-time equivalent posts when the site is operational. 

The Olympic-standard amenities at Great Blakenham will provide skiers with access to the world’s longest indoor continuous piste.  SnOasis’ Life President, Godfrey Spanner, takes up the story.  “This achievement is the culmination of several years of hard work and dedication.  One of the biggest challenges was to demonstrate to the local authority that the anticipated increases in traffic around the site could be managed efficiently.” 

Motion provided vital assistance for the multimillion-pound scheme, with advice for the Reserved Matters Application and support with traffic analysis, off-site highway works negotiations and Section 106 contributions.

Godfrey Spanner continues, “Motion’s advice was essential throughout the process.  The company’s predictions of traffic flows helped inform proposals for visitor and staff shuttle bus services.  Improvements to accommodate increased use of nearby Stowmarket railway station were also met with support.”


This article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of Insight.

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