Most recent statment May 2009
“It is extremely frustrating to report that we have recently encountered difficulties getting a planning consent amendment to our development proposals. This is primarily a difficulty arising out of a technical matter of planning compliance rather than any material resistance to the development specifically. Accordingly this will cause a delay to any start of site.
I would like to apologise for the disappointment that this will mean for the many that have been looking forward to the development moving forward. We are reviewing our options and we will advise further when matters are more clear.”
Managing Director, SnowDome Group Limited
20th May 2009
Wycombe SnowDome to Commence Construction in September 2008
The SnowDome Group have announced that construction of their second snow, ice and leisure venue, to be located at High Wycombe, will commence in September 2008. The planning application was unanimously approved by all members of Wycombe District Council Planning Committee last December. The application has now received the final seal of approval from the Government Office South East.
A rather buoyant Martin Smith, MD of SnowDome Group Limited explained “Even though planning consent was granted at the end of last year the application was forwarded to the Government Office South East as it represented a ‘departure from the local plan'. We were hoping and expecting the process to take a few weeks for them to ratify the local decision from the council and I'm delighted to report that it sailed through quicker than expected. Now, after all this time and hard effort, we are finally in a position to push ahead and build the UK 's second SnowDome”
To be built on the former site of the Wycombe Summit dry ski slope, the new Wycombe SnowDome will be the closest indoor snow centre to London sitting on junction 4 of the M40. The facilities will include a 120 metre real snow slope, 30 metre real snow academy slope, ice rink, dedicated children's snow play area, children's party rooms, a specialist snow sports retailer plus food and beverage offerings including a Starbucks Coffee outlet. The existing outdoor 300 metre dry ski slope will remain and a new announcement from Smith indicates there are now plans to place snow on this slope during the winter.
“We are looking forward to utilizing our unique and extensive experience in operating indoor snow with this fantastic new development. After operating the SnowDome in Tamworth for over 14 years we have a wealth of knowledge and a pioneering outlook which continues to push the boundaries of the industry. Indeed it is now our intention to utilize our snow production capability to ‘snow-up' the outdoor 300 metre slope during the colder winter period. This will create the longest real snow slope in the country by far, with the added benefit of skiing and snowboarding outdoors in beautiful woodland surroundings.
An SMS text service will be in operation to inform our visitors of imminent snow cover on the dendix slope. Just imagine the excitement from skiers and snowboarders when they receive a text announcing that the weather's good this weekend and that snow is planned for the 300 metre slope. Last weeks cold weather spell we experienced would be the ideal conditions”
The only formality left for SnowDome Group now is to sign off the outstanding 106 Agreement with Wycombe District Council. Such points include the formalizing of the agreed financial contribution to the Wycombe Transportation Strategy, the Master Travel plan which covers matters such as proposals to promote car sharing. Also included within the 106 Agreement is the Woodland Management Plan, which has already been discussed and agreed by the two parties.
Smith concluded, “Now it's full steam ahead with concluding the construction tender process and awarding the final construction contract. The 12 month build will commence in September 2008 as planned with an opening date of September 2009. This is truly fantastic news from all current and future snow enthusiasts of the region.”