A planning application for a multi-million pound snow centre in Middlesbrough is to be submitted in the New Year following a successful public consultation.
The project, by Teesside-based company Cool Runnings (NE) Ltd, would involve private investment in the region of £30m and create around 350 new jobs in the local area.
The proposed leisure hub, which would be built in Middlehaven beside Middlesbrough College, received 95% positive feedback from the public.
A large proportion of the responses were from people across the North East backing the plans as they currently have to travel to Castleford or Manchester for similar facilities.
Rachael Howson, of Cool Runnings (NE), said: “We are delighted with the responses we have received from the public consultation. Both in terms of volume and content, it has shown there is a real appetite for a development such as this.
“We have been asked how things are progressing with the project and we are happy to report that a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes and we expect to submit an outline planning application early in the New Year.”
It has also been announced that Gravity Trampoline Parks will open a facility as part of the snow centre development.
Gravity Trampoline Parks involve wall-to-wall trampolines connected together to form a huge open play area with those at the edge going up the wall.
They are used for a variety of activities including free jumping, fitness classes and group entertainment and parties. There are specialised areas for basketball and dodgeball, as well as foam pits and areas for learning new skills.
Harvey Jenkins, from Gravity Trampoline Parks, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Middlesbrough Middlehaven snow centre project”.
“We currently have sites in Xscape Castleford in Yorkshire and Maidstone in Kent which have proved hugely popular with people of all ages in offering something new and fun.”
Additional leisure facilities that will be incorporated onto the site include a 170m main ski slope, nursery ski sploe, climbing walls, kids play area, ice wall, restaurants, bars, a cafe and retail.
Middlesbrough Council has backed the snow centre scheme which is expected to create around 350 jobs and add to the growing regeneration movement in Middlehaven.