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Pickles clears McAlpine’s £50m ski slope plans

A £50m leisure complex which will boast the longest ski slope in the country and will be built by Sir Robert McAlpine has been given the go ahead by communities secretary Eric Pickles.

Developers Leisuredome received the news just weeks after North Somerset Council approved the Weston-super-Mare site.

The new Leisuredome will be built on a 12.7 acre site at Locking Parklands, a former RAF camp in the town which is currently undergoing a multi million pound regeneration project.

It will boast a 210 metre ski slope, the longest in the UK, and an indoor climbing centre with a 40 metre climbing wall – the tallest in the world.

There will also be an indoor surfing centre and sky diving facility, fitness and meeting facilities, a children’s centre, BMX skateboard park and a gym.

The scheme has already secured 92 per cent of its retail and activity concessions.

Leisuredome Clive Hamilton-Davies  said: “This is a significant milestone for the Leisuredome team and we are absolutely delighted that permission has been granted for the development to now proceed.

“We hope that the Leisuredome will provide tremendous benefits to residents, local businesses and the wider community and look forward to working in partnership with the local community to make Leisuredome a great success.”

Construction is expected to start later this year.

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