Wycombe Summit 'ski centre' site up for sale

An artist's impression of the proposals

The ski centre fire in 2005

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PLANS for a multi-million-pound indoor ski centre to replace the former fire-torn Wycombe Summit site appear to have been placed on ice.

The Abbey Barn Way plot has been put on the market with agents Edward Symmons which has been “instructed to seek offers for the remainder of the 99 year lease”.

The advert states the 76.76 acre site benefits from "detailed planning consent" for an indoor ski complex – which has the “potential for alternative uses, subject to planning”.

It is the latest twist in the saga - throwing the future of mooted plans for a 120m 'real snow' slope, ice rink, shop and restaurant faculty into doubt.

The applicant, Snowdome Ltd, took Wycombe District Council to appeal in 2010 over its decision to refuse a revised 2009 planning application, which included the widening of the building to make way for conference rooms.

The Planning Inspectorate was called in but – at the 11th hour – the firm backtracked and said it would revert to a scaled-back application from 2007, which was originally given the thumbs up by WDC’s planning chiefs.

The original dry ski slope was decimated during a huge blaze which started in the kitchen of the wooden chalet building in 2005.

Snowdome Ltd and Edward Symmons have been unavailable for comment this morning.

More to come as we get it.

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11:54am Tue 31 Jan 12

geoffW says...

How much do they want for it?
How much do they want for it? geoffW
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12:41pm Tue 31 Jan 12

VoiceOfSeason says...

Plans for the ski centre "placed on ice" - very clever Simon!
Plans for the ski centre "placed on ice" - very clever Simon! VoiceOfSeason
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12:49pm Tue 31 Jan 12

littlelewis says...

Hopefully someone will actually re-build the ski centre... I have been emailing Snowdome for a while about this and they never replied.

Snowcentre hemel... you fancy taking a chance? would be awesome to have the slope back in Wycombe
Hopefully someone will actually re-build the ski centre... I have been emailing Snowdome for a while about this and they never replied. Snowcentre hemel... you fancy taking a chance? would be awesome to have the slope back in Wycombe littlelewis
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12:50pm Tue 31 Jan 12

Cressex Offender says...

"The original dry ski slope was decimated during a huge insurance job which started in the kitchen of the wooden chalet building in 2005"
"The original dry ski slope was decimated during a huge insurance job which started in the kitchen of the wooden chalet building in 2005" Cressex Offender
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1:00pm Tue 31 Jan 12

Gerry47 says...

Please can we have the ski slope back.

The site will go downhill otherwise.
Please can we have the ski slope back. The site will go downhill otherwise. Gerry47
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1:17pm Tue 31 Jan 12

Smirnoff says...

Maybe the council would like to spend some of the Sainburys profit it made from the back hander's from the Green man on the ski site and provide for the teenagers of FH to have somewhere to go,
Maybe the council would like to spend some of the Sainburys profit it made from the back hander's from the Green man on the ski site and provide for the teenagers of FH to have somewhere to go, Smirnoff
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5:50pm Tue 31 Jan 12

stir up says...

Look out what price the next thing we hear is that the land will be redesignated for housing and so urban sprawl will spread even further and join up with the Daws Hill site and so on and so on.
Look out what price the next thing we hear is that the land will be redesignated for housing and so urban sprawl will spread even further and join up with the Daws Hill site and so on and so on. stir up
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9:51pm Tue 31 Jan 12

eniluap says...

the knocking down of the green man was the best thing that could happen it was only a haven for drug pushers and users good ridance to it
the knocking down of the green man was the best thing that could happen it was only a haven for drug pushers and users good ridance to it eniluap
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1:03pm Fri 3 Feb 12

stevet123 says...

The tory Councillors are a load of halfwitts who think they know best, for instants the Green Man public house that was, was built in the 18th centuray, would should have been grade listed and not knocked down, who wants to see neon lights with Sainsburys with their orange and brown logo in the village will look terrible, the planning permission for the ski slope should have gone through its in an area which will not affect anyone or green belt issues, not only that the job prospects for local people is a better option, but as you read its what the council can get out of it to spend on consultantcy fees, as the council do not know how to think for their selves, tory councillors have not got a clue what the public think, jobs and upgrades of old buildings, and more council rented housing needed in high wycombe, red kite what a laugh another company to set up for profiteering Tories are a joke
The tory Councillors are a load of halfwitts who think they know best, for instants the Green Man public house that was, was built in the 18th centuray, would should have been grade listed and not knocked down, who wants to see neon lights with Sainsburys with their orange and brown logo in the village will look terrible, the planning permission for the ski slope should have gone through its in an area which will not affect anyone or green belt issues, not only that the job prospects for local people is a better option, but as you read its what the council can get out of it to spend on consultantcy fees, as the council do not know how to think for their selves, tory councillors have not got a clue what the public think, jobs and upgrades of old buildings, and more council rented housing needed in high wycombe, red kite what a laugh another company to set up for profiteering Tories are a joke stevet123
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1:04pm Fri 3 Feb 12

stevet123 says...

The tory Councillors are a load of halfwitts who think they know best, for instants the Green Man public house that was, was built in the 18th centuray, would should have been grade listed and not knocked down, who wants to see neon lights with Sainsburys with their orange and brown logo in the village will look terrible, the planning permission for the ski slope should have gone through its in an area which will not affect anyone or green belt issues, not only that the job prospects for local people is a better option, but as you read its what the council can get out of it to spend on consultantcy fees, as the council do not know how to think for their selves, tory councillors have not got a clue what the public think, jobs and upgrades of old buildings, and more council rented housing needed in high wycombe, red kite what a laugh another company to set up for profiteering Tories are a joke
The tory Councillors are a load of halfwitts who think they know best, for instants the Green Man public house that was, was built in the 18th centuray, would should have been grade listed and not knocked down, who wants to see neon lights with Sainsburys with their orange and brown logo in the village will look terrible, the planning permission for the ski slope should have gone through its in an area which will not affect anyone or green belt issues, not only that the job prospects for local people is a better option, but as you read its what the council can get out of it to spend on consultantcy fees, as the council do not know how to think for their selves, tory councillors have not got a clue what the public think, jobs and upgrades of old buildings, and more council rented housing needed in high wycombe, red kite what a laugh another company to set up for profiteering Tories are a joke stevet123
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1:04pm Fri 3 Feb 12

stevet123 says...

The tory Councillors are a load of halfwitts who think they know best, for instants the Green Man public house that was, was built in the 18th centuray, would should have been grade listed and not knocked down, who wants to see neon lights with Sainsburys with their orange and brown logo in the village will look terrible, the planning permission for the ski slope should have gone through its in an area which will not affect anyone or green belt issues, not only that the job prospects for local people is a better option, but as you read its what the council can get out of it to spend on consultantcy fees, as the council do not know how to think for their selves, tory councillors have not got a clue what the public think, jobs and upgrades of old buildings, and more council rented housing needed in high wycombe, red kite what a laugh another company to set up for profiteering Tories are a joke
The tory Councillors are a load of halfwitts who think they know best, for instants the Green Man public house that was, was built in the 18th centuray, would should have been grade listed and not knocked down, who wants to see neon lights with Sainsburys with their orange and brown logo in the village will look terrible, the planning permission for the ski slope should have gone through its in an area which will not affect anyone or green belt issues, not only that the job prospects for local people is a better option, but as you read its what the council can get out of it to spend on consultantcy fees, as the council do not know how to think for their selves, tory councillors have not got a clue what the public think, jobs and upgrades of old buildings, and more council rented housing needed in high wycombe, red kite what a laugh another company to set up for profiteering Tories are a joke stevet123
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