The first community campus to bring improved local facilities all on one location has been given planning permission and will be developed in Corsham this year.
Wiltshire Council’s strategic planning committee gave the green light this week(Wednesday,16 May 2012) for this innovative project to go ahead.
The Corsham Community Campus will be developed at the Springfield Sports Centre at Beechfield Road.
It will include an improved leisure centre and outdoor sporting facilities including an all weather pitch, a community hall, activity rooms, meeting rooms, café, youth and learning disability facilities, crèche, council offices, registrar and neighbourhood police station.
Local people have had a real influence in what will be included at the new campus via the Shadow Corsham Community Operations Board (COB). The board comprised of local residents, the youth sector and schools, town and parish councillors, representatives from the existing leisure and community centres, a local community transport group and Corsham Area Board.
Conservative Cllr, Alan MacRae, chairman of the area board, said:
I’m delighted that the Corsham Community Campus has been given planning permission and marks the beginning of improved local services for the whole of the county. Community campuses will change how local people access their public services by bringing what the community needs to where they need it.
Wiltshire Council’s cabinet has approved the funding and the go-ahead for the first three pilot projects at Corsham, Melksham and Salisbury.
The COB in Corsham has been working for more than a year on the Springfield campus, consulting local people on the plans.
The development will see two of the four tennis courts removed from the leisure centre site. Tennis courts will be made publically available at the nearby school to replace those facilities.
A public footpath will be temporarily diverted during the duration of the development but an improved footpath will be reinstated once the campus has been completed.
A children’s play area on site will be closed but all alternative play areas will be advertised on the site and all schools and local playgroups will be told of these changes in the run up to works starting.
Development on the new campus is expected to get underway in July and be completed by Spring 2014.