Sheffield ski slope eyesore legal threat

Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village.
Fly-tipping blights the former Sheffield Ski Village.
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A Sheffield Council committee is being asked to order ‘any appropriate action’ including legal proceedings against the owners of the city’s former Ski Village site to get it cleaned up.

Council officers are demanding action to stop further tipping, removal of unauthorised rubbish and waste and for the owners to ‘remedy harm caused by the poor condition of the land, buildings and structures to the visual amenity of the area’.

In a recommendation to Sheffield Council’s planning committee, officers have asked members to ‘authorise any appropriate action including enforcement action, institution of legal proceedings and injunctive action if necessary’.

The condition of the former Ski Village has been a cause for concern after the main buildings were destroyed by a devastating fire in April last year.

The Ski Village was forced to close after the blaze and the site then attracted further vandalism, including arson attacks.

The owners have decided not to rebuild because of concern they may not be able to obtain insurance - and in the last 18 months the site has become covered by piles of rubbish.

In August, a letter was sent by Sheffield Council to the owners asking them to clear up and make the area secure, but it remains an ‘eyesore’.

In a report to the planning committee, council officers said some of the tipped material had been brought to the site by Pullan Homes – a company run by Ski Village owner Kevin Pullan.

Explanations for the tipping differed.

On one occasion, the company said it intended to ‘cap off’ the foundations of the former ski village buildings to make them safe.

But the company also said it was storing the waste at the Ski Village while it was ‘in transit’ between a building site at Daniel Hill, Upperthorpe, and another depot.

Sheffield Council planning officer Lee Brock said: “The planning service was contacted in February about the tipping of waste material on the land around what was by then a derelict ski village site.

“There are other concerns about the poor condition of the site due to arson attacks, vandalism, concerns about poor security, depreciating land values and the long- term viability of the site due to these issues.”

The land is owned by Sheffield Council but on a 99-year lease to the ski village, which has more than 60 years to run.

The council planning committee will consider the Ski Village report when its members meet next Tuesday afternoon.