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Green light for stadium in Brentford


Prime Place and Be:here, the residential development arms of Willmott Dixon, and their development partner Brentford Football Club have secured detailed planning consent from Hounslow Borough Council to deliver a new 20,000 capacity football stadium, in Brentford. The new stadium and seven new


Ashfield town centre leisure scheme gets go-ahead


Plans have been approved for a multi- million pound scheme to transform a vacant brownfield site in the heart of Ashford town centre into a boutique cinema, family hotel, restaurants and cafes. Ashford Borough Council’s planning


committee approved proposals from Stanhope PLC for the 2.6 hectare (6.42 acre) site, which will deliver new leisure facilities designed to transform the town’s night- time economy. Phase one of the £75m Elwick Place development includes a six screen,


boutique cinema, a new family hotel, restaurants and cafés, car parking and space for events and community uses. “We’re delighted to see these exciting


proposals move one step closer. A town centre cinema, set around a new square with places to eat and drink, will be a real draw and will help to bring extra vitality to the town centre during the day and evening. The old historic market gates will be incorporated into the landscaping to reflect a part of our history,” said leader of Ashford Borough Council, Gerry Clarkson.


residential buildings will be located on a 10 acre site. The redevelopment is in line with Willmott Dixon's strategy of identifying opportunities to cross-fund major community projects through providing large-scale residential developments in a range of tenures. On completion of the new stadium,


Brentford FC will relocate from Griffin Park. Prime Place has already secured full planning consent to develop 75 family houses on the Griffin Park site, including a memorial garden to celebrate the history of the football ground. In addition to the community stadium


and housing, the project will include substantial improvements to the public realm such as extensive landscaping and greenery across the site, new pedestrian and cycle routes, retail outlets and on- site car and cycle parking.


£35m leisure centre opens in Wycombe


A £35m leisure centre has opened as part of Wycombe District Council’s Handy Cross Hub development. Wycombe Leisure Centre represents the


first phase of the £150m scheme, which is based on an ‘exercise well, eat well, work well’ mix. In addition to the leisure centre and a full size Waitrose, due to open this spring, the Handy Cross Hub development includes a new purpose-built coachway park and ride and a 150 bed, 3 star hotel. Operated by Places for People, the new


leisure centre includes a 50m competition pool, dive pit and Splash Pad zone; 12 court sports hall, 150-station gym, exercise studios and 10m high climbing wall. Other facilities include squash courts, a four rink bowls centre and meeting rooms. The old sports centre which has served


the district for 40 years will now be demolished to make way for further development including offices and a hotel at the Handy Cross site.


6 leisuredab.co.uk


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