Plans for giant snow dome take a step forward

PUBLISHED: 13:30 13 December 2010

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PLANS to create a giant indoor ski dome, with shops, spa and other exciting facilities on the outskirts of Weston have taken another step closer to reality.

The Mercury revealed the multi-million pound ideas for the massive complex on Weston Airfield in October.

Leisuredome UK Ltd wants to develop the 21,400sqm piece of land on the former airport site and turn it into the largest indoor ski centre and health spa combination in the country.

Now the company’s agents have asked North Somerset Council if an environmental impact assessment would be needed for the development, a step that often goes before an official planning application.

The dome is set to include a luxury health spa and gym, large retail area, freefall activities, conference and meeting rooms and a skateboard park.

It would be called The Leisuredome and would use real snow to give visitors what developers call ‘an authentic Alpine experience’.

The 180m ski slope and the other exciting facilities could be open by late summer 2012 if contracts are signed and planning permission gets the green light next year.

Leisuredome UK Ltd got inspiration from other similar, popular facilities in Glasgow, Castleford, Manchester, Tamworth, Milton Keynes and Hemel Hampstead, which have up to six million visitors a year each.

They also looked at other potential sites in Weston, including land near the former ‘tip’ near Blockbuster, before setting on the airfield, which has boundaries at Winterstoke Road and Somerset Avenue.

A public consultation on the proposals are is likely to be carried out early next year if all goes smoothly, with planning applications set to be submitted by next summer.

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