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22nd July 2011

Major Boost for Weston-super-Mare’s economy

After planning approval granted for £50 million Leisuredome

One of the largest leisure development schemes in the UK has gained overwhelming planning approval from North Somerset Council yesterday evening (21 July 2011), and is set to provide a major jobs and leisure boost for Weston-super-Mare. The application now goes to the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government for review before final approval is granted.

Based on a 12.7 acre site at Locking Parklands, a former RAF site in Weston-Super-Mare, the £50 million Leisuredome attraction will provide weather-reliable and world leading extreme sports and recreational activities all year-round.

The Leisuredome 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, alongside an indoor surfing centre and sky-diving facility. It will also support the local community with fitness and meeting facilities, including a children’s centre, BMX skateboard park and gymnasium.

Being developed by Leisuredome (UK) Ltd, the new facility is the brainchild of directors Mark and Clive Hamilton-Davies who have combined their business success and personal passion of skiing to create the leisure and sport facility.

More than 573 direct and 256 indirect jobs will be created by the development, which has already secured 92% of its retail and activity concessions.

Clive Hamilton-Davies, director, Leisuredome (UK) Ltd, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that planning approval has been granted by the Council. The Leisuredome has had overwhelming support from the local community, regional business and sports clubs from further afield.

“This decision is a major economic and leisure boost for the West Country and for the town of Weston-Super-Mare. It will deliver employment-led regeneration in an area where there is long term unemployment and provide a direct investment of £50m to the town.

“Our development will build on Weston’s growing reputation as a leisure destination and the success of the Grand Pier which reopened last year. We estimate it will attract 550,000 visitors in the first year, which will add to the £369 million already generated by tourism in the local economy every year.”

It is hoped that work will commence as early as December this year and the facility will open in early 2013. Sir Robert McAlpine will be the main contractor.

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For more information please contact Lucy Dicks (Lucy.Dicks@jbp.co.uk), Chris Lawrance (Chris.Lawrance@jbp.co.uk) or Lis Anderson (Lis.Anderson@jbp.co.uk) at JBP on 0117 907 3400.

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