Fareham Borough Council has submitted plans to build a brand new leisure centre with swimming pool on the site of the old Coldeast Hospital (off Barnes Lane, Sarisbury Green).
If approved, the £7m centre will include a 25 metre pool with 6 swimming lanes, a learner pool, a gym with 100 pieces of equipment, an exercise room, a cycle spinning studio and a dance studio.
Further applications will be submitted to construct 2 new football pitches together with sports changing rooms, allotments and a cemetery. It is also intended to install a new children's play area and a multi-use games area for older children.
Part of the site has been taken on by the Council's Countryside Service and will be managed for nature conservation for the community to enjoy.
Executive member for Leisure and Community at Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Connie Hockley, said: "Many of residents have told us that a new leisure centre and pool is needed in the Western part of the Borough. This is the latest step in our plans to deliver this. If approved, this application will deliver fantastic new health and fitness facilities, as well as enhanced open space for the whole community to enjoy."
The application will be decided on by the end of February 2015. If approved it is hoped the new leisure centre will open in 2016. Balfour Beatty, who built the Aquatic Centre for the 2012 London Olympics, has been chosen to design and build the centre.
Notes to editors:
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Lorna Tipper, PR and Marketing Officer, Tel: 01329 824302
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This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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