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Rotherham £300m leisure complex plans cancelled

Yorkshire Entertainment Sensation
Image caption The former mine was planned to become Europe's largest undercover leisure complex

Plans to develop Europe's largest undercover leisure complex have been cancelled in Rotherham.

Oak Holdings PLC planned to create the Yorkshire Entertainment Sensation (YES) next to Rother Valley Country Park

The site, on regenerated brownfield land, would have included indoor climbing and surfing facilities.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council said it had withdrawn its lease and development contract to the company after no progress had been made.

"Seeking opportunities"

Karl Battersby from Rotherham council said: "This is not a decision we have taken lightly and was based on our view of the likelihood of the project being delivered by Oak Holdings.

"This scheme has been running for over ten years and has not progressed as we would have wished, however, our intentions have not changed, and we are still of the view that the site has massive potential."

Mr Battersby said the council would continue looking for other opportunities to bring forward a "leisure based scheme of international significance".

Stephen Lewis, chief executive of Oak Holdings, said the company was in discussions with the local authority over the situation.

Plans for the £300m YES project were originally announced in 2005 to regenerate the former Pithouse West coal mine and coking plant.

It was hoped the complex would be open by 2010 creating up to 3,000 jobs.

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