Monday, May 29, 2023

Go-ahead for new leisure and learning hub in Mablethorpe

Councillors have approved planning consent for a new purpose-built leisure centre and digital learning complex for Mablethorpe.

The new 3,000m² hub will be built on the site of the current Station Sports Centre in Mablethorpe and will increase and improve opportunities for leisure and learning in the town.

With £7.4m in Towns Funding through the Connected Coast Town Deal, the development will offer a new swimming pool and changing village, as well as studios and a fitness suite.

There will also be commercial space within the hub and the design of the site will include meeting places and recreational facilities, including an adventure play area.

The development will provide a digital inclusion learning centre to enable local learners of all ages to access distance learning courses and gain new skills that can improve their career prospects.

The development of the hub is being led by East Lindsey District Council. Cllr Richard Fry, the political lead for the Leisure and Learning Hub Towns Deal project, said: “This scheme will help improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Mablethorpe for years to come as well as providing new opportunities for learning in the town.

“It’s no secret that a swimming pool has been a desire of many residents in Mablethorpe over the years. This scheme, thanks to the Towns Deal funding, now makes that possible. I am delighted the Planning Committee approved the application and I look forward to seeing the benefits the scheme will bring to Mablethorpe.”

Chris Baron, chair of Connected Coast, said: “With planning consent approved, we can now move forward with developing the hub which will significantly enhance the opportunities for leisure and learning for Mablethorpe.

“This is an important development and one that will play a crucial role in supporting health and wellbeing as well as enabling people to gain skills that can lead to jobs and business opportunities.

“This is a significant milestone for the project and we now look forward to seeing the development progress over the coming years.”

The new hub will also provide new jobs and business opportunities in the town, and as it is located on a key gateway close to the high street, it will also help to improve people’s overall experience of the town centre.

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