The planning application states that the dry slope material is under consideration and not finalised - this is completely contrary to past statements that the slope will be snowflex.
Snowflex by it's higher friction nature as a continuous mat requires misting while in use - something that obviously creates an issue for winter use in that the slope can not be misted when ground or air temperature is below 0°c.
Despite the claim in the planning application that the slope material is not determined, there is the following in accompanying documentation on drainage:
If the slope material has not been finalised how can the plans know that a misting system is required?
There are plenty grounds on which the proposal is objectionable both in planning terms and because it will be an absurd waste of limited capital for urgently required investment in CairnGorm Mountain.
For now however the application should simply be rejected as incompetent as it can not be regarded as complete, nor can planning make a full decision until the slope material is included in the plans as this has an effect on extent of ground works, gradient of slope and whether misting is or is not required.
Could the omission of this critical detail of slope material have anything to do with the fact the CNPA has already stated issues with the unsuitability of snowflex for the location due to its solid nature and limited uniform colour options?
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 23.06hrs Tue 27 Mar 18 by alan.
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