Planning application submitted for new Minsthorpe leisure centre

​Date:08/09/2016

Ref: PR8342

Plans for Minsthorpe's new multi-million pound leisure centre have been submitted for planning permission.

The proposals were finalised after the public consultation, which ran this summer. Over 550 people provided feedback on the plans, showing overwhelming support for the new leisure centre to be built at the Ash Grove site.

The planning application for the £5m facility includes:

  • 25 metre, six-lane pool (shallow to deep 0.9-1.8m)
  • Modern filtration and heating plant
  • Shallow end spectator seating
  • Multifunction studio space – providing for a range of activities
  • 50 station air-conditioned gym
  • Changing village, with separate accessible and family changing spaces, with dedicated group changing rooms.
  • Open plan foyer and reception area with seating and views on to the pool side.
  • Car parking, cycle storage and school bus pull in, all conveniently located on site

 The flexible nature of the proposed swimming space, along with a wide range of programmed activities, means that the new pool would offer swimming opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, including those who want to learn to swim. The planned studio space is also extremely versatile and could cater for a full range of activities from toddler soft play and baby gym to martial arts and table tennis.

 Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "I am very pleased that people took the time to give us their feedback on the proposals. After listening to residents I am confident that we have put forward plans that will meet people's needs and give the local community the modern, high quality leisure facility they want and deserve."

It is expected that the application will be considered in October. If planning permission is granted, the Council will work with the contractor to ensure work begins on site by the end of this year.

Cllr Shaw added: "I understand that people can get frustrated with the length of time it takes to deliver this type of project.  However, we remain fully committed to building this new leisure facility and will continue to drive it forward as quickly as we can."