Landscape is key to getting green light for snow resort

A new snow resort scheme has been given approval with the projects landscaping the key to its success.

Landscape architects’ designs form the backbone of a £350m snow resort scheme that has been given the go-ahead in Suffolk. Mid-Suffolk District Council has approved the outline application for Snoasis on a 123ha site in Great Blakenham, near Ipswich. The domed ski centre and academy resort will be built in the base of a disused quarry, providing the Government does not call in the plan for a public inquiry. A sustainable plan from DLA Landscape & Urban Design helped developer Onslow Suffolk to win permission, despite objections from residents concerned about its environmental impact. Leeds-based DLA’s seven landscape architects worked with its sister companies in architecture and graphics to draw up a plan “sensitive” to its environment. Landscape architect Claire Browne said: “It has been great —the biggest project I have worked on. There are sandmartins in the quarry so it was important that we maintain that habitat and others. There are also some rare orchids that we had to take into account.” The plan involves an “ecology mitigation area”, with wood planting and careful landscaping around 350 chalets, a golf course, hotel and parkland outside the dome. Browne said thousands of alpine and broadleaf trees would be planted if the plan goes ahead.

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