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Revised ski dome plans unveiled
Revised ski slope plan
A cross-section shows the revised plan takes the landscape into account
The company behind a ski and leisure development has revealed its latest application to achieve preferred developer status at a Llanberis site.

Snowdonia Gateway's revised plan includes a 500m covered ski and snowboarding run, along with holiday accommodation and leisure facilities.

Another company has unveiled plans for a mountain bike centre with cycle and walking trails at the same place.

Friday is the deadline for companies to submit plans for the Glynrhonwy site.

By providing local jobs, we will be going some of the way in safeguarding the language in the area
Gwyn Pritchard, Snowdonia Gateway Ltd

The land is owned by Gwynedd Council, but a spokesman would not reveal how many companies had shown an interest.

The council said all submissions would now be scrutinised by the Glynrhonwy working group, before recommendations were presented to the Arfon area committee for its consideration in the coming weeks.

Gwynedd-based Snowdonia Gateway Limited (SGL) said it hoped for the green light to continue with the planning process for the year-round tourism destination, which it says will bring 600 jobs to Llanberis and it has offered to buy the land from the council for an undisclosed sum.

'Natural habitat'

SGL said it was very aware that the area is sensitive in terms of the environment and the Welsh language,

"As local business people we fully recognise the impact a development like this can have on an area," said SGL director Gwyn Pritchard.

"But we are committed to creating a visitor experience that will work alongside the natural habitat and complement activities already available in Snowdonia."

SGL said it would be happy to work alongside Beicio Llanberis Cyf, the company which announced earlier in the week it wanted to develop a 12m mountain bike centre with cycle and walking trails on the same site.

"In terms of cultural and linguistic concerns we are convinced that our aim of bringing so many high quality jobs to Llanberis will alt the tide of young people leaving and we hope attracting many of them back," said Mr Pritchard.

'No room to move'

"By providing local jobs, we will be going some of the way in safeguarding the language in the area," he added.

Local people appear to be split on the benefits of the scheme with the need for more employment balanced by the effects on small businesses already based in Llanberis and the impact on roads.

"I lived and worked in Nuneaton for 25 years and when Coventry had a new stadium built they upgraded the road network first," said Fred Owen, who is now retired and a member of Llanberis Community Council.

"If you're going to have loads of cars coming to this area, as it is now, there will be no room to move here," he added.




SEE ALSO:
12m cycle centre plans unveiled
22 Feb 06 |  North West Wales
Welshness 'key' to leisure plans
07 Jun 05 |  North West Wales
Huge ski centre plans relaunched
10 Sep 03 |  North West Wales



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