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Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWCC) is planning “greater leisure content” as part of the Northgate Project, aſter taking over the scheme. Te council ended its agree-


Leisure uses are included in the expansion plans


Green light for Westfield’s White City expansion plans


Westfield’s plans to expand its shopping centre in White City, west London to com- prise a leisure complex have been approved by Hammersmith and Fulham Council. A report considered by councillors said


plans include up to 1,850sq m (19,913sq ſt) of leisure space that “could accommodate, for example, an indoor bowling facility”. However, its use has yet to be decided. New eateries will also be included in the


expansion, which is part of a major £1bn strategy planned for the next 17 years. Details: http://lei.sr?a=p0D6G


£11.3m Carshalton leisure revamp moves forward


An £11.3m redevelopment of a leisure com- plex in Carshalton has moved forward with the demolition of old pools and the removal of asbestos from the 1970s structure. Sports, gym and office equipment have


also been dismantled for use in the new venue, which will offer a 25m, eight-lane swimming pool when complete. An eight-court sports hall; a 170-station


gym; a dance studio; and a group cycling room are also proposed as part of the new Westcroſt Leisure Centre. Details: http://lei.sr?a=D9A4V


Three stakeholders for Cornwall stadium


Cornwall Council will provide no further financial support towards a new £15m sta- dium aſter it was announced that three stakeholders are to fund the project. Developers Inox Group and Exemplar


Projects; Penwith College; and the Cornish Pirates rugby team will lead the develop- ment of the new 10,000-capacity venue. A company created by the three stake-


holders – Cornwall Community Stadium Ltd (CCSL) – is expected to meet the major- ity of the development’s cost. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=G1A5v


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ment with ING Real Estate Developers for the project, which will complement exist- ing proposals for the city’s theatre, Town Hall Square and Cathedral Precinct. Under the latest plans,


CWCC has added a multi- plex cinema and an increased number of restaurants. A cen- tral market and new, improved library also feature. CWCC executive member for prosperity


Herbert Manley said: “Te concept provides a vision for the progress, which Chester so badly needs. A considerable amount of work


Te Northgate area of Chester is to be transformed by the local council


remains to develop a scheme which will gen- erate the support and buy in to move forward to the planning stage.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=t6j8Q


Architects unveil Dreamland vision


Assael Architecture has unveiled its vision for the future of Dreamland Margate in Kent as part of an inquiry into whether Tanet District Council is permitted to com- pulsorily purchase the site. The London-based prac-


tice has worked up plans to protect and reuse a Grade II*-listed cinema and scenic railway as part of a housing scheme that aims to attract investment for the project. A cultural and amusement


hub is at the centre of Assael’s plans, with a new cultural and artistic hub to be located within the Grade II*- listed Dreamland cinema. Half of the site will house a heritage-based theme park. Efforts to revitalise the Dreamland site form


part of a strategy involving the local regener- taion company and the council, which aims to drive forward the regeneration of the resort.


An artistic hub will sit alongside a heritage amusement park at the site Last year, the £17.4m Turner Contemporary


gallery, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, opened its doors to the public. Details: http://lei.sr?a=j0R9O For more on the continuing leisure-led regen-


eration of Margate, please read the 2010-11 Attractions Management Handbook, p.66


Tesco approval paves way for new Kirklees facility


Plans for a new Tesco store on the site of a Huddersfield leisure centre have been given the green light, paving the way for a replacement facility to be built elsewhere in the town. Te planning inspectorate has approved the proposals for the site and a new leisure centre


Read Leisure Opportunities online: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/digital


is planned for Springwood, although its facil- ity mix is yet to be finalised. Tesco’s plans had been called due to its size


and complexity, with the scheme to help fund the construction of the leisure centre. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=i5G2L


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