Valley Ridge future down to Suffolk County Council decision on operating landfill dump
Valley Ridge investors say an unnecessary 13-year extension sought to operate the Masons landfill dump in Great Blakenham is not only against Suffolk policies, but will prove fatal to the new half-billion-pound investment and 2000 new local jobs.
Valley Ridge is the 284-acre site in Great Blakenham that will boast an extensive eco-friendly, family focused offering, including a holiday park with a range of self-catering accommodation including luxury timber lodges, sports and retail facilities; a snow dome housing a range of winter sports facilities including one of the largest indoor ski slopes in the UK; a state-of-the-art water park; a 350-bed four-star hotel with a spa and wellness centre and a variety of bars, restaurants and cafés.
The permission to operate the landfill site expires in 2022, when operating the landfill must currently finish. But Suffolk County Council have been asked by the landfill chiefs to allow it to operate for a further 13-years, to 2035.
Valley Ridge say that their family-friendly staycation resort is completely incompatible with an operating landfill dump next door. They have put their planning application on hold until the decision by Suffolk councillors, and will walk away if the landfill operation is allowed to continue.
Simon Padgett of Valley Ridge said: “Our Valley Ridge plans are well-advanced. We have assembled renowned hospitality professionals and industry veterans on our advisory board, including former CEO of Malmaison, Hotel du Vin and Devere Resorts and now CEO of Fridays U.K., Robert B. Cook and David Church, former Managing Director and Head of Real Estate and Lodging at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. We’ve got construction companies bidding to build the scheme, and we’re close to signing up leading brand hotel and leisure operators.”
“We’d like to thank all the local people who joined us at our consultation earlier in the year and who have been so supportive. We’re delighted that the main local response is ‘when can we come to visit’ and from Suffolk businesses is ‘how can we benefit and get involved’.”
“All we are asking is that Suffolk councillors weigh up the benefits between the tremendous advantages to Suffolk of having this economically-beneficial Valley Ridge attraction, rather than extending the operation of an unnecessary and environmentally-unfriendly landfill dump.
“Extending the operation of the landfill is in direct contravention of Suffolk’s own policies, which permit landfill only as a last resort. It’s not required, because Suffolk already has sufficient landfill capacity; it diverts waste away from more environmentally friendly methods of disposal, and it’s against policy to take more landfill than we produce in the county.”
We need support from people across Suffolk to tell councillors that they should put jobs and investment over approving the extension of an environmentally unfriendly and unnecessary landfill operation.
Write to your local councillor or visit valleyridge.site to find out how to support Valley Ridge, and object to the extension of the landfill operation.
How Suffolk people can object to the Viridor plans:
- Write to [email protected], and your local Suffolk councillor
- Writing to The Planning Section, Suffolk County Council, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX