New �50m sports complex given the go ahead

THE directors of a new �50million extreme sports complex in Weston believe a “significant milestone” has been reached after they were granted planning permission today.

Leisuredome UK’s plans for a 210-metre ski-slope and 40-metre climbing wall were approved by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and building work is expected to start in the coming months.

Clive Hamilton-Davies, one of the company directors, said the three-year long project was progressing quickly.

He said: “This is significant milestone for the Leisuredome team and we are absolutely delighted that permission has been granted.

The 12-acre site on the former RAF Locking site will house the world’s largest climbing wall and the country’s longest ski slope, as well as indoor surfing and sky-diving facilities. The new centre will also have a children’s centre, gym and a BMX skateboard park.

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No definitive start date has been announced but work is expected to be completed by winter 2012.

The Leisuredome will attract an estimated 550,000 visitors in the first year and bring in �369million to the local economy each year.

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