What's billed as "the world's first winter sports resort" is to be built on a quarry in Suffolk. Following a four-year battle by developers, the £350 million SnOasis complex will cover 350 acres and take three years to construct.

The project finally received approval from the Department of Communities and Local Government in November 2008 after significant opposition from local residents and Natural England.

The opposition group, SnOasis Community Alliance, told the BBC it was very disappointed with the decision to go-ahead with the project they call "The biggest refrigerator in Europe." John Williams, the opposition group's chairman, said SnoOasis would lead to congestion on the roads and be damaging to the environment.

Developer Onslow Suffolk said they wanted to transform the quarry at Great Blakenham into a holiday destination that will bring "enormous economic benefits" into the community.

SnOasis will be the world's first winter sports resort. Godfrey Spanner, managing director of Onslow Suffolk, told the BBC, "At last we have final approval and can move forward and give our country something unique to be proud of."

At the heart of the complex will be Europe's largest indoor ski slope, measuring 415 metres in long by 70 metres wide, with a 100-metre vertical drop. All together, 14 different winter sports are available, including ice skating, ice climbing, and bobsleighing.