A multi-million pound housing development could be built on the derelict site of the former Sheffield Ski Village, The Star can reveal.
Landowner Kevin Pullan has revealed he is in the early stages of putting together a proposal for about 70 houses on the site of the popular tourist attraction which was destroyed by fire.
Under the plans, ‘semi-affordable’ homes aimed at private buyers will be erected across the four-and-a-half acre site in Parkwood Springs, which has been blighted by fly-tipping and arson since its closure.
Planners are working with council officers on a ‘pre-planning application’ before the official paperwork is submitted.
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.”
Local residents have raised concerns a housing development would not be in keeping with their vision to create a ‘country park in the city’ in the area.
The community group is working closely with city bosses to transform a landfill site in the middle of Parkwood Springs into an urban oasis when it is decommissioned in 2018.
Neill Schofield, chairman of the Friends of Parkwood Springs, 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.”
The ski village was hailed as a ‘vision of the future’ when it opened in 1988, welcoming around 180,000 visitors from across the UK every year in its heyday.
Mr Pullan’s firm bought the facility in 2007. It closed after the main chalet-style building was destroyed in a massive blaze in April last year.
Earlier this year Sheffield Council warned it would take legal action ordering Mr Pullan to remove piles of fly tipping.