Planning go-ahead for Leisure Centre expansion
Plans for a major expansion of Carterton Leisure Centre have been approved unanimously (21 May) by West Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee.
The plans are part of a 10-year, £9.3m, investment programme secured by the Council last year with GLL Better, its leisure services contractor.
Plans include new changing rooms, a four court badminton sports hall and an indoor ‘extreme zone’ trampoline park.
The Centre will benefit from a new café, its gym will be upgraded and some of the original building reconfigured to create new fitness and spinning studios and a crèche. The car park will also be extended.
Councillor Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure, said: “This is an incredibly exciting development that will provide first-class leisure facilities for people in Carterton and the surrounding area. I’m delighted to see it progressing so well and that we’re on track for the build to start later this year.”
Following planning consent the Council will now tender to appoint a contractor. It is expected that this will be done by July 2018 and that work will start on site early autumn.
Carterton Leisure Centre was opened in 2003 on a site allocated as part of the Shilton Park development. The Leisure Centre had been developed with the intention to allow scope for a future extension.
GLL Better manages Carterton Leisure Centre, along with Bartholomew Sports Centre in Eynsham, Carterton ATP, Carterton Pavilion, Chipping Norton Leisure Centre, Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney, Witney Artificial Turf Pitch and Woodstock Open Air Pool, on behalf of West Oxfordshire District Council.