Plans to clear the fire-ravaged Sheffield Ski Village site – ahead of potential redevelopment – are set to be agreed.
Demolition of damaged buildings and levelling of ground and associated filling at the former tourist attraction in Parkwood Springs – some of which has already taken place – is recommended for approval by planners next Tuesday.
Reports to the meeting said the works would help to ‘clear up the site and make it safe’ after the massive blaze which destroyed it in April 2012.
The ski village has been blighted by further fires and also fly-tipping.
Landowner Kevin Pullan is hoping to create up to 100 homes nearby although community group Snowsport for Sheffield wants to reopen the ski village as an Olympic sports snow hub.
Meetings had been held about the proposals for residential development, but agreement on when another, separate, planning application could go in has not yet been reached.
Mr Pullan said: “The homes would be on land owned by the council, not just the ski village land.
“It’s not around the area where the slopes are and it would still allow a facility for skiing if a group wanted to redevelop that.
“The council has no plans for the area other than to keep it clean and tidy, but it is listed for employment so there is a contradiction going on there and it’s further complicated by a new age travellers’ camp adjacent on Vale Road.
“They have expanded right up to the bottom now, so covering about five acres.”
Reports to the planning committee said there had been 33 neighbour comments about the future of the site.
Some said there was ‘a lot of community support for another ski slope’ and that it should be made safe but given back to Sheffield and ‘returned to its former glory’.
Reports also said the clearing works were not ‘considered to compromise the site either as open space, or in terms of the reinstatement of the ski slope or even the future redevelopment of the site for any other use’.
Snowsport for Sheffield is developing a business plan to submit to the council for the Olympic hub.