Sports village is a ‘fantastic project’

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The firm in charge of planning a 50-acre sports village on greenbelt land near Nuthall has insisted the project would be ‘fantastic’ for the area.

The head planning officer of Oxylane, Alex Abbott, said the sports village would mean 500 new jobs and an investment of £2.7m in local highway improvements – something the council has always wanted to do, but has not been able to afford.

“We will be spending an enormous amount of money improving the highway network. The council has wanted to do this for years and has not had the money,” he said.

Mr Abbott said Oxylane listened to the feedback during the public consultation and alterations have been made to the plans, such as an improvement in the woodland planting and landscaping at the site.

More than 14,000 shrubs and 5,300 trees would be planted, he said.

And Oxylane director Luke Fillingham said the sport village would mean ‘major opportunities’ for the borough.

A planning application for the site was rejected by Broxtowe Borough Council earlier this year, but the firm now plan to re-apply with a council-run leisure centre added into the mix.

This caused wide-spread controversy when it was announced last month, with councillors concerned it would mean the closure of Eastwood and Kimberley Leisure Centres.

At a September Cabinet meeting, Broxtowe councillors agreed to ‘engage with the developers as necessary in order to help with the submission of an outline planning application’.

The leisure centre would include a 25m swimming pool, teaching pool, sports hall, fitness suite, aerobics/dance studios, health suite with sauna and spa facilities.

The overall site would be the first of its kind in the UK and would include everything from football pitches and netball courts to gym equipment and cycle tracks.