A mountain bike trail or a national snow centre could finally be on the way to replace the abandoned Sheffield Ski Village
Sheffield Council says it is now in a position to attract a developer to transform the derelict site at Parkwood Springs into a ‘nationally-significant attraction’ which aims to cement Sheffield’s reputation as The Outdoor City.
The council now owns the former ski village site land – which has been plagued by arson attacks – and has formally started the process to transform the area. Town Hall bosses hope an investor can turn the site into one of the city’s
‘jewel in the crown’.
The council is now aiming to ‘test the market’ by asking investors and developers to put forward ideas for the wider Parkwood Springs area that will transform it into an urban country park or activity centre.
An initial study carried out by council chiefs indicates the site is a ‘viable business opportunity’.
Coun Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield Council, said: “This is a significant step forward for the former ski village site.We now have control of the site and have real confidence that Parkwood can be the jewel in the crown of The
“Sheffield has higher than average participation rates across various outdoor activities and an annual £93m spend on outdoor trips and equipment. Equally, there are not many sites, in the middle of a city like this.
“This shows we’re offering somebody the perfect opportunity to create a world-leading urban, outdoor attraction which embodies Sheffield’s standing as The Outdoor City.”
He added: “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 proposed development site contains the entire former ski village as well as some land that can be developed for associated business use which borders Kelham Island, Pitsmoor, Firshill and Shirecliffe.
The final detailed development proposals will be determined when the council appoints a preferred bidder for the site.
Neill Schofield, chair of the Friends of Parkwood Springs said: “Lots of people from Sheffield and beyond really enjoyed the old Sheffield Ski Village. What we’d like to see now is the site being used again for people to enjoy, as part of
our country park in the city.”
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