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Issue No 526 £2.00

20 April - 3 May 2010

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Green light for £1bn Llanwern steelworks scheme

By Pete Hayman

Developer St Modwen has been given the go-ahead for a £1bn urban community development on the site of the former Llanwern steelworks near Newport, South Wales. The company has secured a

section 106 agreement with Newport City Council to progress the Glan Llyn project, having already acquired the 600-acre (242.8-hectare) site from Corus in 2004. Full planning permission has

already been obtained to enable the developer to begin large-scale land remediation work in preparation for the scheme, which is poised to

South Wales, said: "Signing the agreement with the council signals an important milestone for the development of the site, meaning we can now start physical building work on the first residential phase and also Celtic Business Park." NCC's head of service for

The former steelworks site is to be transformed under the scheme

include the construction of around 4,000 new homes. A number of retail and

leisure facilities – including sports, amenity and play space, parks and lakes – are planned

for the Llanwern site, in addition to schools, a police station, a supermarket, a library and a doctor's surgery. Rob Skelston, development director for St Modwen in

Council approves Horley leisure centre proposals

Multi-million pound facility to boast six-lane, 25m swimming pool and sports hall

By Pete Hayman

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has approved detailed plans for a new leisure centre on the site of a former school in Horley, Surrey. The multi-million pound

scheme was awarded outline planning consent in March last year, although proposals were referred to the Government Office for the South East. Existing buildings at the

former Court Lodge Secondary School are set to be demolished during June in preparation for

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The proposed leisure centre is due to open in January 2012

the start of construction work on the new leisure centre. Facilities planned for the

venue include a six-lane, 25m

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swimming pool with access for disabled users; a teaching pool; a four-court, multi-use sports hall; a 50-station fitness suite and an exercise studio. Separate changing areas for

males, females, families and disabled users and a reception are also planned, as well as car and cycle parking to be shared with Horley Town Football Club. The existing Horley Anderson

Centre will remain open until the new facility is complete in January 2012, before being demolished to make way for new public open space.

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planning, regeneration and strategic housing, Andy Evans, added: "In the short term, the city will reap the rewards of a dedicated park and ride facility for the Ryder Cup 2010 while in the longer term a major brownfield site will be trans- formed into a thriving new community. This is a massive contribution to Newport's future growth strategy."

LTA funding 'to be maintained'

Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe has pledged to maintain current levels of funding for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), despite criticism of its performance in the wake of Great Britain's Davis Cup defeat to Lithuania. According to the BBC,

Sutcliffe insisted the national governing body will continue to benefit from £26m Lottery and Exchequer investment through Sport England between 2009-2013.

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