Plans go in for £50m attraction with record-breaking indoor ski slope
PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 May 2011
PLANS have been submitted for an extreme sports attraction with the longest indoor ski slope in the country on the outskirts of Weston.
Developer LeisureDome UK this week formally handed in its proposal for the £50million scheme at Locking Parklands to North Somerset Council for approval.
The Bristol-based firm claims the project would play a ‘major role in the continued revival of Weston as an all-year-round tourist destination’.
As well as the 210m ski slope, the centre would feature an indoor climbing centre, a health club, children’s activity centre and BMX park.
There would also be a range of sports shops, cafes and restaurants at the site, which would be built on 13 acres of land.
North Somerset Council’s planning officers will now review the proposal and visit the site before writing a report to a committee of councillors to make a decision.
If approved, LeisureDome UK has predicted it could open the scheme by spring 2013 after revealing strong business interest from potential operators last week. The firm also estimates the centre would attract more than half a million visitors in its first year and create more than 500 jobs.
Director Clive Hamilton-Davies said: “This proposition is extremely exciting and we look forward to bringing it to fruition.
“We have worked closely with North Somerset Council and we are delighted to be able to formally submit our plans for itsconsideration.”