Go-ahead for leisure centre extension

Plans to extend Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in Weston-super-Mare have been approved by North Somerset Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee.

The £2.15m scheme includes:

  • a two-storey extension at the rear of the existing building providing a new fitness suite
  • three floodlit all-weather pitches and two floodlit tennis courts on a grassed area next to Hutton Moor Road. The rugby pitch that is there now will be moved to land to the west of the leisure centre.

One of the centre’s three squash courts will be converted into a new reception for the gym area, and another court will be converted into a fixed cycle workout room. One squash court will remain to meet a demand that has been declining for a number of years. The current unused bar area will be converted into a dedicated dance studio.

The centre, which is run by Legacy Leisure (formerly Parkwood Leisure) on behalf of the council, attracts over 600,000 visits a year. It currently has more than 3,000 gym members and the existing fitness facilities are too small to cope with the demand. The changes will create the capacity for around 800 additional members.

Work on the new facilities is likely to start in the spring.

The report approved by the Planning and Regulatory Committee can be viewed on the council’s website at: http://apps.n-somerset.gov.uk/cairo/committees/comidx11-2016.asp.

This marks the first phase in a programme of investment at the leisure centre. The second phase, which will include a refurbished reception area and new leisure pool, will be the subject of a separate planning application later this year.