Loathed as we are to announce this on April Fools Day, it looks like the plans for the Middlesbrough indoor snow centre has been approved at the council's planning meeting yesterday.
Councillors took just 15 minutes to end a two-year wait and unanimously back the multi-million pound development on brownfield land in Middlehaven.
Speaking on behalf of developer Cool Runnings, planning consultant Steve Barker said this was an “iconic scheme” that the public has been eagerly anticipating.
“It’s got a £30m construction cost. It’s a structure that is going to be six storeys high - so it's a massive building,” said Mr Barker.
“It’s one of the largest and most expensive constructions we have had in this area since the end of the development corporation.”
The Scottish based Ice Factor, who run Snow Factor in Glasgow, seem to be in the frame to run the slope.
But a word of caution... we've seen numerous plans for indoor slopes approved over the 20 years we've been covering this stuff, with some even starting the construction process, that untimately, never made it to opening night. Let's hope the Middlesbrough slope isn't one of those.