Leisure centre plan is now back on track

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Sport England has removed its objection to proposals for a new leisure facility at a Harborough primary school after a design change.

Plans for the new leisure centre at Meadowdale Primary School were confirmed earlier this year after Sport England agreed a funding package.

But there was a surprise in late October when the same body submitted an objection to the proposal to Harborough District Council’s planning team.

In a letter to the council, Sport England expressed concerns the hall would eat into the school playing field.

But it is now supporting the scheme after the school revised its plans.

The original plans were for a hall big enough to house four badminton courts – making it similar in size to the hall at Harborough Leisure Centre.

The revised plans submitted to the council are for a smaller hall with three courts.

The proposed access to the facility has also been changed to further reduce the impact on the playing fields.

In a second letter to the council, Sport England states: “Our concerns previously raised that the proposed facility would impact adversely on pitch provision at the school have been removed.

“The proposed three-court hall will continue to be made available to meet local demands which should complement the facilities on offer at Harborough Leisure Centre.

“While the proposed facility size has been reduced, this should still provide an exceptional facility fo rthe school.”

As well as housing badminton courts, proposals for the use of the hall include basketball and netball, hockey and cricket. There are also plans to install climbing walls.

On weekdays it would be available for community use between 7am and 8.30am, and again on evenings after school.

It would be open from 9am to 4pm at weekends.

The school wants to improve its sporting facilities to meet increasing pupil numbers.

It opened in 2000 with 210 pupils but that number has almost doubled in the past 13 years.

The school first submitted a bid to fund the hall to Sport England last year but it was turned down.

However the decision was reversed on appeal and the money was confirmed in June.




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