Ski Village homes plan looks for a lift-off

Fire officer damp down a fire at the abandoned Ski Village in Sheffield after vandals broke in again

Fire officer damp down a fire at the abandoned Ski Village in Sheffield after vandals broke in again

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The owner of Sheffield’s Ski Village is looking for housing to be built on part of the site.

Kevin Pullan said this week he was in the early stages of talking to the council about a scheme for around 70 houses at Parkwood Springs.

The site has been blighted by arson attacks, vandalism and flytipping since the main chalet-style building was destroyed by fire.

Mr Pullan, of Ranmoor, said: “The Ski Village was a great loss to us, but we had 25 years, it’s coming up to the second anniversary of the fire and it is time to look to the future.

“I know people are interested in what is happening with the land. There have been a lot of problems and it is an eyesore.

“We examined all options for the land and this was the only one which had economic merits. This is not like a developer coming in and wanting to build on a village green.”

But Mr Pullan will have to convince the council to change its strategy for the hillside.

Although there were houses there 50 years ago, the land is now officially designated for open space and leisure, and the council has been keen to explore ideas to develop it as an urban country park, combining it with the adjoining landfill site, once it has been closed in 2018.

Already a mountain bike track at Parkwood Springs has proved popular.

Neill Schofield, chairman of the community group, Friends of Parkwood Springs, which is working with the council, said: “The Ski Village has been a disaster, it has become a real eyesore. I’ll reserve judgement until I have seen an application, but the Friends would want any development to complement the vision for the future of Parkwood Springs.

“We want the country park to be an asset for the whole city and I’d be surprised if people were in favour of building on that green space.”

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