Snoasis not supported by half the council

21 April 2020

Green and Liberal Democrat councillors have refuted a statement put out by their council, asserting that “Mid Suffolk fully supports SnOasis”

Snoasis has for many years had outline planning approval, given by former Secretary of State Hazel Blears MP in 2008. Since then there have been lengthy pauses, due to financial rather than planning reasons. For the last year, planning staff have been examining proposals to meet the many conditions considered necessary in 2008 and more added last year.

Over the entire period of 18 years since the “giant refrigerator, hotel, cinema, golf course & casino” beside a landfill site were originally proposed, some councillors, and many local people, have believed it was ill-suited to the Suffolk countryside. Today, all the Green and Liberal Democrat councillors share that view, and as we are 17 members, facing 17 Conservatives in a “hung” council, it cannot be said that “Mid Suffolk fully supports SnOasis.”

But the planning permission has now been finally been granted under delegated arrangements, which has avoided some of the public scrutiny most major applications of this type go through.

Green Party Planning Spokesperson Andrew Stringer said

“we still remain sceptical as to whether this proposal will ever be built, we also remain unconvinced that this is the answer to our future economic aspirations let alone the environmental drain this proposal will have on our community for decades to come, given the vast majority of visitors to this proposal will be day trippers using cars for access with no major road improvements. We must not forget we will not be getting a new railway station to serve this development, which was part of the original traffic mitigation measures”

Where similar schemes have been built in the UK, they have been located near large conurbations or with easy and safe access from a rail station or motorway junction. Those without good frequent public transport links have experienced huge increases in private car trips. Snoasis would have a huge catchment area and will result in a massive increase in car journeys on totally unsuitable roads.

Andrew concluded “This proposal has been kicking around since 2006, ‘Goasis,’ more like ‘Sloasis!’ ”


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