Bike or snow centre plan at ski village site

The abandoned Sheffield Ski Village. Photo: Chris Etchells
The abandoned Sheffield Ski Village. Photo: Chris Etchells

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 ‘jewels 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 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 Outdoor City.”

The ski village, based on the Parkwood Springs site, sits in the south of the area which Sheffield Council wants to redevelop into an outdoor leisure hub.

A landfill is in the middle of the site, and in the north, towards Herries Road, are woods and grasslands.

The proposed development site also contains land that can be developed for business use.

The final development proposals will be determined when the council appoints a preferred bidder for the site.