Two pitches proposed in £2m leisure centre development
PLANS for a multi-million-pound leisure centre have been unveiled.
The £2 million sports and community facility is part of a bid to restore the Charles Hill centre, off Flamstead Avenue, in Loscoe.
The plan is being led by a group of local sports clubs and community groups – the Charles Hill Centre Community Interest Company – together with Amber Valley Borough Council and Heanor and Loscoe Town Council.
Plans include a new grass junior football pitch, a floodlit full-size league standard artificial grass pitch, and a replacement pavilion featuring additional changing rooms and a multi-use community room.
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There are also plans for an extension of the Red River nature reserve which borders the Charles Hill fields.
A report agreed by the borough council in September, outlined an agreement between the authority, which owns the site and local organisations, to lease the complex for 50 years for a peppercorn rent.
The cost of the new centre will be met by £1 million from the borough council and other additional grants.
It is hoped that, subject to planning approval, construction could begin next March and the new pitch would be ready for use in the summer.
Kevin O'Kine, chairman of the group of local organisations, said: "All the members have worked hard to develop this master plan which will secure the future of the site for generations of users.
"With the support of the council we can now move to the planning application stage."