New plan in bid to save Wycombe snowdome

Bucks Free Press: The old Wycombe Summit site was closed down following a huge blaze in 2005. The old Wycombe Summit site was closed down following a huge blaze in 2005.

A PROPOSED multi-million pound ski centre may have moved a step closer after developers and a council came to an agreement over the decimated Wycombe Summit site.

Plans to build a new £10m real snow, indoor ski centre and ice rink on the site of the former Abbey Barn Road dry ski slope were turned down by Wycombe District Council last April.

WDC's planning committee gave provisional permission for the 110m long slope in December 2007 but councillors rejected amended plans to increase the width of the building to make way for conference and party rooms.

The original chalet building was destroyed by a massive fire in 2005, which started in the kitchen of the wooden structure.

But at an informal planning enquiry today, developers Snowdome UK, who appealed against the council's rejection, revealed it had submitted 'revised original proposals' without the conference rooms.

A Section 106 Agreement had also been signed off by the developers, WDC, Buckinghamshire County Council and the freehold owners of the land.

This paves the way for the scheme to be given the go ahead, subject to the decision from Planning Inspectorate Antony Davison and planning conditions.

Snowdome UK managing director Martin Smith said: “Indoor ski slopes are opening up all the time around the UK and it is just a matter as to whether we put one here in High Wycombe because it is a fantastic site and the demand for it is there.

“We had more than 300 responses to a week long consultation period during the original planning process and we had just two who did not support the scheme.

“We have been in negotiations with the council to address their concerns, we also now have the Section 106 Agreement in place and our ultimate goal is to get a ski centre back on the site.”

Chris Woodman from the High Wycombe Society was the only member in the 20-strong group to express concerns about the visual impact the development would have on the area, but he seemed satisfied with the developers' mitigation plans.

He added: “We are not against the development but we just want to make sure the correct mitigation measures are in place.

“We will accept the the democratic decision on a development that clearly has the public behind it and would prove to be a good facility for the area.”

A number of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts were also at the hearing held at the council's Queen Victoria Road offices, including Melanie Codling who organised a Facebook campaign to see the centre built.

She told the hearing: “There may not be public transport links up to the site at the moment but I know for a fact people would be willing to walk there.

“And as for the concerns about how it would fit into the woodland, the current state of the site is an eyesore on the area – this is a great opportunity.”

The Planning Inspectorate's decision is expected in “about a month”.

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4:36pm Tue 16 Mar 10

ferrellcat says...

let me guess, the council are paying for it
let me guess, the council are paying for it ferrellcat
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4:40pm Tue 16 Mar 10

iranianyouth says...

that is so short boring probably no jumps like the rubbish milton keynes one its pointless
that is so short boring probably no jumps like the rubbish milton keynes one its pointless iranianyouth
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8:14pm Tue 16 Mar 10

Shame on you says...

the council aren't paying for it.

It will be a great venue for ski and snowboard enthusiasts, can't wait.

Iranian youth, it's not pointless, what's pointless is your pessimistic opinion!

Wycombe needs something like this!
the council aren't paying for it. It will be a great venue for ski and snowboard enthusiasts, can't wait. Iranian youth, it's not pointless, what's pointless is your pessimistic opinion! Wycombe needs something like this! Shame on you
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8:29pm Tue 16 Mar 10

davidjc says...

I know of many young people who will be thrilled at the prospect of this project. Let's hope that an agreement can be reached soon.
I know of many young people who will be thrilled at the prospect of this project. Let's hope that an agreement can be reached soon. davidjc
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9:11pm Tue 16 Mar 10

iranianyouth says...

better be longer i mean one point made for planning was the growth of skiing talent which it would bring the run is to small for any of this and will not even be challenging we have to be realistic typical wycombe view everything has to eb average nothing to excite no one as per usual. Like we have an average local paper
better be longer i mean one point made for planning was the growth of skiing talent which it would bring the run is to small for any of this and will not even be challenging we have to be realistic typical wycombe view everything has to eb average nothing to excite no one as per usual. Like we have an average local paper iranianyouth
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9:22pm Tue 16 Mar 10

DeepThinker says...

Who is "Hugh Blaze"?
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See caption to photograph.
Who is "Hugh Blaze"? . See caption to photograph. DeepThinker
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10:45pm Tue 16 Mar 10

tom.marlow says...

I can think of many older people (well me, for one) who are equally looking forward to it.
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Lets hope it happens before my knees finally pack up
I can think of many older people (well me, for one) who are equally looking forward to it. . Lets hope it happens before my knees finally pack up tom.marlow
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8:37am Wed 17 Mar 10

irish john says...

This has to be a good thing . the sooner the better and the bigger the better. I do not ski or skate and have no intension of doing so. But im sure this venue will be used and enjoyed by a large range of people.
This has to be a good thing . the sooner the better and the bigger the better. I do not ski or skate and have no intension of doing so. But im sure this venue will be used and enjoyed by a large range of people. irish john
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8:52am Wed 17 Mar 10

demoness says...

Do you think it is possible, just for once that we could have a story about new stuff for Wycombe without people moaning?
This is great - I don't ski or skate but doesn't mean I would not be pleased for those who do.
Do you think it is possible, just for once that we could have a story about new stuff for Wycombe without people moaning? This is great - I don't ski or skate but doesn't mean I would not be pleased for those who do. demoness
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9:14am Wed 17 Mar 10

readerabc says...

yeah finally
something good

iranianyouth- get off your backside and do something interesting and positive then rather than complaining

the victim mentality does you no justice
yeah finally something good iranianyouth- get off your backside and do something interesting and positive then rather than complaining the victim mentality does you no justice readerabc
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9:45am Wed 17 Mar 10

You ain't seen me says...

demoness wrote:
Do you think it is possible, just for once that we could have a story about new stuff for Wycombe without people moaning? This is great - I don't ski or skate but doesn't mean I would not be pleased for those who do.
Well said denoness!
This is fantastic news for Wycombe, something we have all been waiting for since "Hugh Blaze" destroyed the last one.
(nice one DeepThinker)

SW: down-hill
[quote][p][bold]demoness[/bold] wrote: Do you think it is possible, just for once that we could have a story about new stuff for Wycombe without people moaning? This is great - I don't ski or skate but doesn't mean I would not be pleased for those who do.[/p][/quote]Well said denoness! This is fantastic news for Wycombe, something we have all been waiting for since "Hugh Blaze" destroyed the last one. (nice one DeepThinker) SW: down-hill You ain't seen me
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10:12am Wed 17 Mar 10

hondo says...

So if and when it's built, and falls flat on its a*** once more, might we possibly see a sequel "The return of Hugh Blaze" or "Hugh Blaze strikes again"?
So if and when it's built, and falls flat on its a*** once more, might we possibly see a sequel "The return of Hugh Blaze" or "Hugh Blaze strikes again"? hondo
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11:20am Wed 17 Mar 10

cressex blue says...

Did the council not want Conference facilities because that would hinder the business case for Mr S Hayes' project at Booker?

Hmmm. Another silver photo frame for councillors methinks.
Did the council not want Conference facilities because that would hinder the business case for Mr S Hayes' project at Booker? Hmmm. Another silver photo frame for councillors methinks. cressex blue
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12:20pm Wed 17 Mar 10

Hit me says...

I think they should build more flats. Who needs a ski slope anyway...
I think they should build more flats. Who needs a ski slope anyway... Hit me
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3:09pm Wed 17 Mar 10

You ain't seen me says...

Hit me wrote:
I think they should build more flats. Who needs a ski slope anyway...
You fool... The council would never build more flats that near to the new high speed rail line!
[quote][p][bold]Hit me[/bold] wrote: I think they should build more flats. Who needs a ski slope anyway...[/p][/quote]You fool... The council would never build more flats that near to the new high speed rail line! You ain't seen me
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4:04pm Wed 17 Mar 10

Hit me says...

You ain't seen me wrote:
Hit me wrote:
I think they should build more flats. Who needs a ski slope anyway...
You fool... The council would never build more flats that near to the new high speed rail line!
Its in the tunnel at that point surely. Everyone knows trains cant go up hills....
[quote][p][bold]You ain't seen me[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hit me[/bold] wrote: I think they should build more flats. Who needs a ski slope anyway...[/p][/quote]You fool... The council would never build more flats that near to the new high speed rail line![/p][/quote]Its in the tunnel at that point surely. Everyone knows trains cant go up hills.... Hit me
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4:12pm Wed 17 Mar 10

You ain't seen me says...

Maybe they should divert it over Chesham, once they have filled it in?
Maybe they should divert it over Chesham, once they have filled it in? You ain't seen me
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4:15pm Wed 17 Mar 10

Hit me says...

Maybe they should route it through Eden as no-one will notice the wind it makes as it goes by?
Maybe they should route it through Eden as no-one will notice the wind it makes as it goes by? Hit me
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4:17pm Wed 17 Mar 10

You ain't seen me says...

^ Ha ha ha... Your spot on!
^ Ha ha ha... Your spot on! You ain't seen me
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