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Leisure centre planning application is submitted

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Exciting blueprints for a brand new Dudley Leisure Centre have been submitted to planners.

Plans for the new Flood Street centre, which is expected to open in 2021, include a 25metre swimming pool, large state of the art gym, five court sports hall, a number of studios to host activities such as spin classes, and an onsite café.

The council, working in partnership with Alliance Leisure, has been shared the very latest design visuals as insight into their exciting project last month (September).

If the planning application is successful, the centre will benefit from excellent public transport links through Metro and the nearby Interchange, and is part of wider major regeneration programme bringing over £1billion investment to the town centre.

Council leisure centres will be retained in each of the three existing areas of the borough and alongside the new build centre in Dudley, the multimillion pound leisure programme will also see refurbishment of Crystal and Halesowen leisure centres.

The council will use prudential borrowing to fund the investment in leisure centres. Subject to details yet to be confirmed, the total cost of work to all three centres currently estimated to be in the region of £31million.

Throughout the development of the new site, the existing Dudley Leisure Centre will remain open. Options for the redevelopment of the Wellington Road site are yet to be considered.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:

We know our residents want to see a new leisure facility for Dudley and we are delighted to now be taking our proposals through the planning process.
If it is approved, the investment will ensure good quality, modern, leisure facilities continue to be available to be managed by the authority.

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