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Gym users could benefit from £2m leisure centre expansion

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:33 28 December 2017

Gym-goers look set to benefit from a raft of improvements after a leisure centre’s vision for a £2m expansion was recommended for approval.

Refurbishments are planned for the sports hall and changing rooms at Long Stratton Leisure Centre, in Swan Lane, along with a new multi-use studio and a new spinning studio.

A soft play area is also being created and general works are being completed on the site.

Included in the plans are changes to the current car park, with it being redesigned to accommodate 14 more spaces.

South Norfolk Council, which runs the centre, hopes the refurbishment will help meet extra demand due to the more than 1,800 new homes planned for the village.

Yvonne Bendle, the council’s cabinet member for wellbeing, leisure and early intervention, said: “The council recognises the importance of improving the health and well-being of our residents and providing quality leisure facilities will help residents become active and keep fit and healthy.

“Our investment in Long Stratton Leisure Centre will provide modern, affordable leisure facilities that can be used by the whole community.

The council held a consultation period for the plans in the leisure centre, with the plans on display to the public for a week at the beginning of July.

Ms Bendle added: “The improved centre will become a hub where friends and family can spend quality time together for many years to come.”

The application has been supported by Long Stratton Parish Council and no objections have been lodged. But a number of conditions have been put forward.

It has been asked that no generators should be used in the construction and plans on external lighting must be submitted.

There also concerns the construction may over-run and that parking will be affected during development.

In 2016, planning permission was given for the centre to create an external sports pitch.

The plans will be discussed and decided by South Norfolk Council’s planning committee on January 3, 2018.

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