PLANS by Sheffield Wednesday’s community programme to build a £7 million sport and fitness centre are set to be approved next week – and the site could be up and running next year.
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The community centre will include indoor and outdoor football pitches, a gym, dance and boxing studio, education space and changing rooms.
There will also be office space for local businesses.
It is planned for the former Presto Tools site on Penistone Road, Owlerton.
Members of Sheffield Council’s west and north planning board has been recommended to approve the application by council officials at a meeting on Tuesday, after no objections were made to the scheme.
Spencer Taylor, Wednesday’s corporate and social responsibility manager, has been working on the project with Marcus Bramall, the club’s community manager. Mr Taylor said: “If we are given planning permission, we hope to start work on site in August and the project should take about 12 months to complete.
“Funding has come from external sources such as the Football Foundation, and we will create a facility that is for the public of Sheffield.
“People will be able to hire pitches and use the facilities inside the building.
“It is not an elite facility but one to help the people of Sheffield.”
Milan Mandaric, Owls chairman, said: “It’s a beautiful project and central to the community commitment of the club.”
About 90 full and 15 part-time jobs could be created, including a small number at new offices to be opened by City Taxis, which has agreed to rent some of the accommodation.
The centre would be open from 6am to 10pm Mondays to Fridays and until 8pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
In a report to councillors recommending approval, council planning officers said: “The facility is intended to be a multi-use community centre. There are sufficient benefits arising from the development for provision of facilities for the community that outweigh the policy objection to the loss of employment land.”
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