Double leisure plans for Sheffield set to be agreed

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Multi-million pound plans for new leisure facilities in Sheffield are likely to be agreed by councillors early in the new year.

The proposals are to create a £7m leisure centre and swimming pool complex at Thorncliffe Recreation Ground, High Green, and to extend and alter Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre at Norton so it includes a swimming pool, extra courts and other facilities.

Both sites are part of the National Centre for Sports and Science Medicine, a 2012 Olympic Legacy project, and the city council hopes they will encourage more people to be physically active.

Reports to next Tuesday’s planning committee say that in High Green five letters of objection have raised concerns about a ‘dangerous’ increase in traffic on already busy roads and exarcebated parking problems as well as worries about the effect on nearby houses.

The Coal Authority has also objected as the proposal is close to a recorded mine working but reports to next Tuesday’s council meeting say a ‘full remediation strategy’ will be agreed with the authority and it is likely the objection will be withdrawn.

It is recommended that the plan is approved, subject to conditions and withdrawal of the coal authority objection.

Chapeltown swimming baths will close if the proposal goes ahead.

In Norton, the plans have been ‘radically’ redesigned to remove a planned bowling alley and children’s play area after concerns were raised.

However residents and Cycle Sheffield still have a number of issues, including access for bike users, the number of bike stands at 32, and street parking.

Reports said the proposal was ‘acceptable’ and it was recommended for approval subject to conditions.