Approval given to Bingham leisure centre recommendations

Recommendations for a new £20m leisure centre and commercial space in Bingham have been approved by Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet.

Specialist independent consultants worked with the authority to produce the plan having explored options to develop the site in line with the Bingham Masterplan.

The proposals included a new swimming pool, fitness gym, exercise studios, community hall and serviced offices on land owned by the authority on Chapel Lane in the town, north of the town’s railway line.

In July 2018 the Council announced plans to assess the feasibility of the site, having discounted developing a new leisure centre on the existing Toot Hill school site due to technical and operational difficulties and the costs associated.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Chair of the Bingham Growth Board Cllr Debbie Mason said the report identifies the site could create up to 90 new jobs.

Prior to the decision on the recommendations she said: “The recommendations of the report highlight a significant change in the quality of leisure provision available for residents in Bingham and the surrounding area, should it come to fruition.

“They show a potentially excellent community facility that would promote healthier lifestyles and complement the growth of the town in the years to come.”

More detailed designs will now created, leading to an application for planning permission to be submitted at the end of the year. This could see a new centre open in 2022.