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Lapland UK plans go on display

Published: 17 May 2013 10:3010 comments

PROPOSALS for a Lapland experience in Swinley Forest go on display tomorrow (Saturday). This follows an aborted attempt last year when hundreds of people objected to a plan for a Christmas village at a nearby site.

Whitmore Bog, by the junction of Swinley Road and London Road, is the site of the proposed Lapland experience.

Lapland UK is renewing its ambitions to establish a winter wonderland in the Crown Estates-owned forest, this time at Whitmore Bog, a commercial part of the forest near the junction of London Road and Swinley Road.

Husband and wife team Alison and Mike Battle, who run a Lapland experience in Bewl Water, Kent, are seeking the feedback from the public before they submit a planning application to Bracknell Forest Council for a three-year stay.

They want to open it from the beginning of December to Christmas Eve, charging from £44.50 per person and creating 250 seasonal jobs. They estimate it will bring £3.5m into the local economy.

The proposals will be on display at The Lavender Golf Club, B3017 Swinley Road, Bracknell, on Saturday, from 10am to 1pm. Representatives of Lapland UK will be on hand to answer questions.

The exhibition will move to The Savill Building at the Windsor Great Park, Englefield Green, from Monday, May 20, to Friday, May 24, between 10am and 6pm, where comment sheets will be available to complete.

Last year Lapland UK withdrew their plan for forest by Buttercup Rise, farther south down the Swinley Road, which was in the Green Belt. Residents were also concerned about extra traffic.

If you go to the exhibition, please let us know what you think by commenting below.

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