Planning chiefs are expected to give the green light to a £13.7m investment in Northwich’s leisure and cultural facilities this Thursday (September 19).
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Strategic Planning Committee is being recommended to approve the Memorial Court complex featuring a 25-metre swimming pool, flume, learner pool, spa, 80-station gym and fitness studio.
The facility – proposed for the site of the former Memorial Hall and magistrates’ court – will also feature a multi-use performance and events hall plus a café with a terrace overlooking the river.
Outside, there will be a pedestrian plaza and a memorial garden near to the river which will house the relocated memorial stones.
The proposed t-shaped building will boast a high-quality finish and feature artist-designed installations recognising the legacy of the Memorial Hall and incorporating comments and poetry developed in partnership with the local community.
Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, said: “As well as providing Northwich with a first-class leisure and culture venue, this much-anticipated new facility will represent a milestone in the town’s regeneration.
“Subject to planning approval, the Memorial Court development will transform a prime, derelict town centre site and open up an important link to the riverside.”
Local Councillor Amy Mercer-Bailey said: “I am sure the people of Northwich will welcome the progress being made towards delivering this exciting facility and the key role it will play in the wider regeneration of our town.”
Memorial Court is intended to replace the cultural facilities at the Memorial Hall and the Moss Farm pool. It is hoped to deliver the new facilities by the end of 2014.