Following referral to the Secretary of State for review, the council’s Planning Application for the development of a new state-of-the art leisure and sports complex on Wilsons Playing Fields in Clayton-le-Moors, has been given the green light to proceed.

The new £12 million development delivered in partnership with Sport England, will include a four-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a fitness suite, sauna & steam room, group exercise studio, café, large changing village and dedicated changing facilities that will service teams making use of the various outdoor sports facilities. Funding for the project has been allocated by Hyndburn Council as part of the borough’s leisure transformation plan.

Speaking of the development, Councillor Marlene Haworth, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, said:

“The development of the new leisure and sports centre is part of our ongoing commitment to provide everyone in our community with the leisure and social opportunities they need to prosper. The modern building will complement the existing outdoor sports facilities creating opportunities for the whole community to enjoy a wide variety of activities both as participants and as spectators. This investment will provide a community facility that drives health and happiness for many years to come.”

In addition to creating a modern activity and sports hub, designed to meet the specific needs of the community, the new building will be designed to optimise energy efficiencies. Air source heat pumps, solar panels and the utilisation of the very latest Low and Zero Carbon Technologies will all support the council’s ambition to achieve net zero by 2030.

All works are to be delivered through the UK Leisure Framework, Managed by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd (DLL) and led by leisure development specialists, Alliance Leisure, in full consultation with Hyndburn Borough Council and Hyndburn Leisure.

Works on the new leisure and sport centre are scheduled to begin early in 2024. It is anticipated the new facilities will be completed in the Spring of 2025.