Council plans outdoor adventure park near Sheffield City Centre

Plans have been announced to develop a outdoor leisure destination on the site of a former ski village close to Sheffield city centre.

Ski village: site has been closed since 2012
Ski village: site has been closed since 2012

Sheffield City Council has announced that it intends to redevelop the former Sheffield Ski Village at Parkwood Springs, a hilly area of open space within the city a mile and a half from the centre. The leisure facility closed in 2012. 

The council, which owns the site, said possible options for it included a mountain biking trail centre, urban bike park or national snow sports centre, or a combination of different adventure activities dependent upon market interest.

The regeneration plan is part of the council’s wider vision to brand Sheffield as "The Outdoor City", due to its close access to the Peak District.

The council said in a statement that an initial study had indicated the regeneration was a viable commercial opportunity, and that it was now asking investors and developers to put forward ideas to "transform it [Parkwood Springs] into an urban country park of regional and national importance."

A planning advice document published by the council said it would not support large-scale retail uses on the site which could compete with the city centre.

However, it said it would consider a residential use for the site if a "comprehensive" scheme was brought forward which addressed the lack of local services, poor access and potential ground contamination.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council said: "This is a significant step forward for the former ski village site, which closed in 2012 after 24 years being privately operated.

"We now have control of the site and have real confidence that Parkwood can be the jewel in the crown of The Outdoor City. But we need to check that the right investor and developer exists to do this, as it’s not within the Council’s means."

The council is seeking expressions of interest from developers by 7 April 2017.

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