Chiltern Lifestyle Centre planning application recommended for approval

Chiltern District Council's Planning Committee last night recommended the approval of the planning application for a new leisure centre in Amersham, subject to conditions.

The application will be reported to Full Council for a final decision on the 23rd of July.

The planning decision regarding the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre was previously deferred at a meeting on 14 February this year when the Planning Committee requested further work to be done on parking provision, the design of the sports hall, the thermal ratings of the building and the overall impact of the new centre on the local area.

At last night's meeting, (10 June), the committee considered the revisions to the building design, materials and appearance made in the planning application.

An increase in parking provision had been proposed, from 221 spaces to 263 spaces, and revised arrangements made for minibus and coach parking and servicing vehicles. Matters such as town centre impact, noise conditions and thermal performance of the building had also been addressed. The additional consultation period following the previous planning committee meeting had demonstrated the level of public support for the proposal, whilst also recognising the objections received.

The application will now be put before Chiltern's Full Council for a final decision.

The new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will feature a 160 station fitness suite with four studios, a spa, an eight-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a diving / teaching pool, a children's splash pad area, soft play, clip and climb, a four badminton court sports hall, squash courts, a climbing wall, library, café area and community centre.

Councillor Mike Stannard, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Support Services said: "The Planning Committee decision brings us another step closer to making the plans for a new leisure and community centre in Amersham a reality. The planning application still needs to be put before Full Council, and following that the business case will be examined, but this is a positive move forward.

"The Planning Committee recognised the improvements made to the plans since the last meeting and praised the officers and project team's efforts to address all their concerns.

"It was heartening to see the support from the public, including the Amersham Swimming Club and Lindfield Nursery who attended the meeting. We are confident we can make this happen for all our residents and provide fantastic facilities for future generations to use and enjoy."

For more information on the plans please go to the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre website.