An artist's impression of the new leisure center
An artist’s impression of the new leisure center

More than 800 people took part, with more than 80 per cent saying they “liked” the original site plan and 73 per cent approved of the artist’s image released by the council.

Neither proposal with or without GP surgery received more support than the others. The council worked with NHS on whether new medical care should be included in the development. The designs are currently being updated based on feedback from the consultation and a planning application is expected to be submitted in the autumn.

Consultation – sixth to the new leisure centre – was conducted earlier this year in an attempt to gather views on the final layout of the scheme. Responses showed public support for free sports pitches and retaining gardens, as well as expanding the car park and parking restrictions on Bransbury Road. Although there was support for the new GP surgery, concerns were raised about the separation of its entrance from the leisure center and its size.

Counselor Steve Peetcouncil leader and cabinet portfolio holder for leisure said the results of the consultation were important in shaping the final plans.

“On a positive note, our residents have liked most elements of our plans, however we are updating the plans slightly to accommodate comments such as the size and location of the playground,” he said. “We will continue to listen to residents to ensure we provide the facilities they need at Bransbury Park, and we will also work with the NHS on the possibility of providing a GP surgeon as part of the development.”

Plans for the new leisure center have been in the works for the past three years to replace Eastney Pool, which is closed, and Wimbledon Sports Center in Taswell Road.

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