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Secretary of State Minded to Approve "Snoasis"

Meyric Lewis

The Secretary of State has issued a minded to grant decision letter for the Snoasis development at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich.

The development, on the site of a former quarry, will provide a ski centre (with an indoor ski slope of nearly 400m and a drop of almost 100m), a holiday village resort and centre of winter sports excellence, together with complementary sports (eg ice skating and bob sleighing), leisure and associated uses on a site totalling 123 hectares.

Related applications for a railway station to serve the development and a residential scheme of up to 391 units plus employment land, primary school and local centre were approved by the Secretary of State in her decision letter. The "minded to" decision for Snoasis is subject to a further commitment from the applicants to secure 100% of the development's energy supply from decentralised and renewable or low carbon energy (unless it can be demonstrated that this is not feasible or viable) and to resolution of issues raised by Natural England.

Meyric Lewis represented Mid Suffolk DC who supported the development. The inquiry Inspector, John Gray, recommended approval of the applications. Meyric was instructed by Bob McGeady of Kester Cunningham John, Solicitors, and called John Lawson of Lawson Planning Partnership to give the planning evidence on behalf of the Council in support of the proposals.