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Friday 13 December 2013



The ambitious proposal for a Lifestyle Centre in Crewe has taken a leap forward with the Council now poised to seek planning permission in the New Year to build on the area around the Christchurch car parks.

The proposed site would realise a bold vision to combat alarming health inequalities in areas of Crewe, meaning many people actually die a whole decade earlier compared to other areas in the borough.

A series of public engagement workshops will be launched in the New Year to allow members of the public to have their say on the proposals before planning permission is sought in late January.

The proposed centre will house an eight -lane 25metre pool, plus a large teaching pool, sports courts, state-of-the-art fitness suites, new library facilities, and children and adult social care services.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Michael Jones, said the new site had undergone extensive investigations for its suitability.

He said: “Finding this proposed site is a major step forward and we can now begin to consider submitting a planning application to see if this is possible.

“The planning process will have to take into account a number of factors, including highways.

“We want local people to be fully engaged with what’s going on and that’s why I’ve proposed to have an engagement process where people can make suggestions and say what they think about the proposals. We will also be working closely with local members.”

  • Artists’ impressions of the project will be available for the public to view at Crewe Library from December 19.

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