Amber Valley Borough Council has
bought the land it needs to build a dedicated new leisure
facility in Belper. The 0.8 acres of land situated off Field Lane
was purchased for £1.136 million directly from a private owner
in November, funded from existing Council resources.
Doing this now has resulted in significant savings in VAT and stamp
The Council now has combined area of 2.1
acres of land in the Town Centre that can be used for building a
multi-million pound new leisure centre for Belper and the
surrounding areas. The combined area is slightly larger than
the former Focus DIY site, which was purchased in November 2010 for
£3.5 million by a private company.
The existing Field Lane Car Park, which is
already owned by the Council, would be retained and improved as
part of any development.
A new leisure facility would include a 25
metre, six lane swimming pool; a training pool with movable
floor; a four badminton court sports hall; and a 70
station fitness suite with dedicated, air conditioned
The Council has only committed funds to the
step of purchasing the land. The next steps such as any
review of the design, the tender process for the building and
operation of the leisure centre, and the funding of the works, will
be the subject of further consideration and the approval of the
Council, before they go ahead.
The proposed developer will create
a temporary coach and car park next to the existing
car park on Field Lane at a cost of £50,000. The works to
demolish the building will start as soon as possible, and the
parking works are expected to be completed by early in the New
Year, subject to the grant of planning permission.
Disruption will be kept to a minimum
throughout any works, but it may result in the temporary loss of
some spaces in the existing car park.
Councillor Chris Short, the Cabinet Member
for Active and Healthier Places to Live said: "Securing the
land not only demonstrates our commitment to progress plans to
develop the leisure facility, but also demonstrates that we're
committed to obtaining best possible value for the taxpayer.
The project always has been and will continue to be progressed on a
step-by-step basis, so that the Council is only committed to each
step. Our next step will be to establish funding
opportunities to build the facility itself, and then to meet
the future leisure needs of the people of Belper and surrounding
For further information please contact Luke
Barrett Communications Manager on 01773 841 655 or email email@example.com
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Plan showing land with Belper Leisure facility
Plan showing existing land without Belper Leisure