Plans to be explored for new Bingham Leisure Centre
11 July 2018
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet has passed a motion to explore plans to build a new leisure centre in Bingham.
At a meeting yesterday (July 10) it approved detailed investigations to start into the feasibility of constructing a new leisure centre at Chapel Lane in the town on land owned by the authority as part of a possible wider commercial development of the site.
It follows a recent detailed study that explored options to develop a new leisure centre on the existing Toot Hill school site.
Due to the technical and operational difficulties and costs associated with each of the potential locations at the school, the Council has decided to explore whether better value could be achieved through an integrated leisure and commercial development of a site adjacent to Chapel Lane, north of the town’s railway line.
This could align with the wider ongoing Bingham master-planning process and future housing development.
If the study suggests the new centre is feasible it could see the creation of a new centre including a community hall, swimming pool, fitness gym, exercise studios, changing rooms and office space.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason said: “We want a high quality leisure centre and community facility for residents in Bingham for Rushcliffe residents that will support healthy lifestyles and complement the growth of the town in the years to come.
“The cost of building a new leisure centre is significant so we are undertaking a further study to give careful consideration not only to ensure the location of the site is correct in the wider plans for the town, but also in the long term so the site can give us the sufficient financial return to make it viable.
“Given the planned housing growth within the town, we wish to explore using Council owned land to deliver this potentially exciting project and we should have results of the feasibility study in 2019.”