The Western Way development, in Bury St Edmunds, which is to feature a leisure centre, and to bring leisure, health, education, public services and commercial properties into one place has been given the go ahead.
Councillors at West Suffolk Council’s Development Control Committee approved the plans at their meeting yesterday, Wednesday, August 5.
It would replace the town’s 45-year-old leisure centre with a new facility featuring a 25 metre pool, splash park and sports hall.
The scheme involves a range of partners who will now be looking at the planning requirements and the next phases of the scheme and a report will be going to West Suffolk Council Cabinet at a later date.
A multi-storey and surface car parks would provide 1,391 spaces across the site and the plans also include a sports pavilion at the athletics track, along with outline permission for an early years nursery.
John Griffiths, the leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We are pleased that another important step has been taken along the way to deliver another ground-breaking initiative in West Suffolk.
“Not only will people be able to access health, leisure, education and public services on one site but it shows that working together across the public sector in new ways can bring greater benefits to health and wellbeing. We are now looking forward to working with our partners to consider the next stages of delivering this long-term and exciting project, which if anything, recent events have shown is even more needed than ever”.
And Jo Rayner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs, said: “Western Way is part of the way public sector partners in Suffolk are working across traditional boundaries to improve outcomes for our communities. Mildenhall Hub is another such project nearing completion which brings services together in one place so people can benefit from a more holistic approach to their needs, such as having complementary facilities and expert advice, such as health and leisure, together in one place.”