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Plans for £10.7m pool and sports centre take a leap forward

PUBLISHED: 08:13 28 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:56 28 July 2018

An artist's impression of the exterior of the proposed Sheringham Leisure Centre. Image: NNDC

An artist's impression of the exterior of the proposed Sheringham Leisure Centre. Image: NNDC

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A proposed £10.7m pool and sports centre in north Norfolk will feature a six-lane 25-metre pool, a learner pool with an adjustable depth floor, multi-purpose studios and a spin studio, it has been revealed.

An artist's impression of the interior of the proposed Sheringham Leisure Centre. Image: NNDCAn artist's impression of the interior of the proposed Sheringham Leisure Centre. Image: NNDC

The new Sheringham Leisure Centre, which is designed to replace the town’s current centre, Splash, will also boast a splash pad for children, fitness suite, café and accessible changing rooms.

The centre would be built on the site of the Strip, a community-funded skate park in Weybourne Road - which would have to be relocated to make way for the new building.

A planning application has been submitted to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) and will be considered by the authority’s development committee ‘in the coming weeks’.

Splash was opened in May 1988, complete with a beach-style pool and wave machine, by Diana, Princess of Wales.

A condition survey conducted last year highlighted an urgent need to invest in a new facility to ensure access to leisure services is secured for the future.

The council has appointed Saunders Boston Architects and a full design team to develop the new facility, which is also the subject of a funding bid to Sport England.

NNDC-owned land next to the new centre will be subject to ‘enabling development’ which will contribute to the project’s cost.

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The council has said Splash, which costs £150,000 a year to run, will be demolished,

Upon announcing the plans last December, former council leader Tom FitzPatrick said: “To get Sport England funding it has to be a traditional swimming pool, not a leisure pool with waves and other options.

“It would be nice to have those, but when local government is facing a funding cutback, we’re looking to replace that facility and it’s pretty ambitious what we’re doing.”

The council has also announced plans for a new tennis centre and gym in Cromer, to cost up to £3.2m.

This centre would be built on Cromer Academy land, but there would be a separate public entrance via Cabell Park, off Mill Road.

The centre would have the only indoor tennis facility in the district and build on the reputation of some of the finest grass courts in the UK at the nearby Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association.

What do you think of the plans? Email your letters to nnn.letters@archant.co.uk

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