Councillors have approved plans for a new, extended, Queen’s Park Sports Centre to be built.
At their meeting on Tuesday 19 August, members of Chesterfield Borough Council’s planning committee approved plans for the new centre, which will be built on the site of Queen’s Park Annexe, subject to planning conditions.
The council has applied to Sport England for a grant of more than £1 million to extend the plans for the new sports centre.
This would allow the main swimming pool to be extended from six to eight lanes, to increase the number of sports courts to eight and extra activity studio space.
This would enable more activities to take place at the same time than is possible in the current sports centre.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Now the plans for the extended Queen’s Park Sports Centre are approved, we are able to move on with the project, with work expected to start on site next month.
“We are currently waiting for the outcome of our bid to Sport England for the new centre and we hope to be able to share this imminently.”
The council has appointed Morgan Sindall, who built the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock, as the contractor to deliver the project with a commitment to provide employment opportunities for local people.
It is anticipated the new centre should be complete by the end of 2015. The current Queen’s Park Sports Centre would remain open until a replacement has been constructed.