Cornwall could get its first dry ski slope built on a historic estate near Truro.
The Killiow estate and golf course near Playing Place has put forward proposals for a dry ski slope with a clubhouse and parking for 72 cars.
The development would include a 120m main slope built into the hills and a nursery slope running alongside. Separate plans have also been submitted for a 55-space caravan touring park on the site.
People living on the historic estate said both projects would damage “one of Truro’s jewels”.
Laurence Associates in Truro has drawn up the plans on behalf of Killiow. The plans state: “The development will include a nursery slope, as well as the main run and an adjoining ski-lift ramp.”
The golf course and estate wants to expand the way in which it can make money and said the project would protect and create jobs.
The plans said: “The proposal forms part of an on-going strategy for the Killiow estate to improve and enhance the facilities available and to safeguard the business in the medium to long term.
“The proposed development will assist in safeguarding 19 existing jobs, whilst creating 17 new jobs at the site.”
The site for the touring park is currently used as part of an extension to the Killiow estate golf course, but does not form part of the main course.
The development, which would create three new jobs, would include 55 plots and two motor home service plots, a toilet block, and associated amenity buildings.
The planning application states: “Market research has shown a clear national decline in golf memberships and hence revenue and, as a result, it is necessary for the Estate to diversify in order to secure its future and existing employment levels.”
The Killiow estate is home to 14 residencies and people living there have spoken out against the plans.
Colin Belshaw said: “There is no doubt the Killiow Estate is an area blessed with immense natural beauty and charm. It has become more so since the establishment of the golf course and, now accessible to the public as a result, Killiow has unquestionably become one of Truro's jewels.
“The establishment of a dry ski slope, car park, and associated modern buildings - and I predict these will be particularly cheap and mean - will undoubtedly debase the considerable beauty and charm of the site, as well as have a negative impact upon the wildlife in the area.”
The plans are currently being considered by Cornwall Council.