A planning application has been submitted for Melksham Community Campus
A planning application has been submitted for Melksham Community Campus.
The designs include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, dance studio, library and community hub, sports hall, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the cricket pitch, outdoor bowls and tennis courts which will be located on the Melksham House site.
A decision on the planning application is expected by the end of August 2019. If the application is approved then construction work is expected to start in early 2020. The project is due to be completed by mid-2021.
Over the past two years the campus project has also seen construction of the new state-of-the-art rugby and football stadium at Oakfields, the revamp of Melksham Market Place, the creation of a new modern skate park, and a replacement cricket pavilion.
Latest news releases
Please see below for the latest news releases we have sent out to local media on the project.
Melksham milestone as planning application submitted for community campus
Melksham’s multi-million-pound campus has moved a significant step forward with a planning application formally submitted.
The application will be able to view on the council’s planning portal shortly.
The designs for the modern Melksham Community Campus include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, dance studio, library and community hub, sports hall, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the cricket pitch, outdoor bowls and the new tennis courts, which will be located on the Melksham House site. Work on the new tennis courts began earlier this week.
Earlier in March Wiltshire Council also held two well attended public information drop-in days for the campus team to speak to people about the plans and answer questions.
A decision on the planning application is expected by the end of August this year. If the application is approved then construction work is anticipated to start in early 2020 with the project due to be completed by mid-2021.
The planning application will be subject to Wiltshire Council’s normal planning procedures, as per any other application.
John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for communities and leisure, said: “This is a momentous milestone for our campus programme.
“Some people perhaps thought we would never reach this stage, but we’re delighted to have done so. This is the first step towards commencing construction of this exciting and long-awaited project.
“I urge people to provide their feedback via the planning portal and take a look at the plans.”
Wiltshire Council serves up an ace as work on improved tennis courts gets underway
Work is now under way to upgrade the tennis courts in Melksham, as part of Wiltshire Council’s multi-million-pound campus project.
The grass courts at the Melksham House site are being replaced by two new macadam courts, which ensures they will be playable throughout the year.
Work is expected to last for around four weeks and during this time the area in front of Melksham House will be used as a site compound, but the remainder of the car park will be fully accessible for free parking as usual.
The designs for Melksham Community Campus are at an advanced stage and include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, dance studio, library and community hub, sports hall, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the cricket pitch, outdoor bowls and the new tennis courts, which will be located on the Melksham House site.
Earlier in the month Wiltshire Council held two well attended public information drop-in days to speak to people about the plans and answer any questions.
A planning application for the project will be submitted by the end of March. A decision on the planning application is expected by the end of August this year. If the application is approved then construction work is expected to start in early 2020. The project is due to be completed by mid-2021.
John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for communities and leisure, said: “The installation of new tennis courts marks another milestone in the delivery of the Melksham Campus. Momentum is starting to build and our team enjoyed meeting local residents at the recent information days to talk more about the exciting plans.”
Planning applications have been submitted for the community campus project and they are now available to view.
The planning application reference numbers are:
Please input the numbers on the planning portal to see the full applications. Please be aware that copying and pasting the reference numbers into the search box doesn't always work so if that's the case please input them manually.
Improved tennis courts
We have recently upgraded the tennis courts at Melksham House with two new macadam courts, which means they will be playable throughout the year.
We are currently working with the tennis club to ensure that the new tennis courts are accessible to all; we are working with the club on booking arrangements and the timetabling of public access.
Our sports development team will also continue to work with Melksham Tennis Club to support the long-term sustainability and development of both the club and the facility. Both the club and the council are committed to increasing participation in the sport.
The courts have now had their final colour treatment and can now be used by the public. Melksham Tennis Club have put interim arrangements in place to ensure immediate access for the public.
The new tennis courts are now available to hire Monday to Thursday until 5.30pm, Friday all day and from 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. Further evening hire will become available when league tennis finishes in August and other times may be also available. The cost of hire will be £6 per court per hour and can be booked at email@example.com or on 07525 496000. Payment can be made by BACS, which will be required in advance. This method of booking is an interim arrangement.
Please note, following contractor's advice, the courts may not be available to members or the public if the temperature is sufficiently high to cause any softening of the surface during the first year.
We will be regularly publishing a newsletter to provide you with the latest news and developments on Melksham Community Campus. All available editions can be found below.
Frequently asked questions
- Planning Submitted – 29 March 2019
- Planning decision expected by – 31 August 2019
- Tender published – 15 April 2019
- First stage engagement – commence – July 2019
- Final contractor appointment – Dec 2019
- Construction - early 2020
- Completion – mid 2021
Our intention was to submit the planning application solely for Melksham Campus at the end of 2018; this was delayed while further consideration was given to the development of the wider site (principally Melksham House).
The reduction in the campus scope meant that the building footprint would no longer occupy the entire site and therefore Melksham House and the adjacent land would no longer be developed as part of the campus project. Melksham House is a grade II listed building and the campus sits within the curtilage of the building; due consideration must therefore be given to the protection of Melksham House.
At that time, it was determined that a planning application for the campus had to include a viable option for Melksham House.
To better understand the development opportunities associated with Melksham House, the council commissioned a heritage assessment at the end of 2018. The heritage assessment has provided sufficient assurances about the future of Melksham House, to allow the campus planning application to now be progressed first. This will be followed by a master plan for the whole site.
We cannot pre-empt the planning decision. We have employed an experienced design team, they are engaging with the planning team and will continue to do so throughout the planning process.
The construction programme will need to be agreed with the main contractor. However, we anticipate being on-site early 2020, with project completion taking place in mid-2021.
Work is currently underway on two new tennis courts. Work started on 25 March 2019 and is expected to be finished within four week.
We have no intention of closing Melksham Blue before the campus opens. We continue to work with our contractor, Places Leisure, to ensure that the Melksham community has a range of physical activity opportunities through this facility and other community spaces where appropriate.
We remain in contact with the GP, as they work with the Clinical Commissioning Group on their long-term space requirements in Melksham.
We are currently proposing a chlorine/UV based system. Chlorine will be the main method of disinfection; however, the addition of the UV system allows us to reduce chlorine levels. A Chlorine/UV system is considered the most effective disinfection management model for large pools.
The design currently only includes starting blocks at the deep end. Following feedback, we are looking at whether we can accommodate blocks at the shallow end; if possible we will provide additional fixings.
Following feedback, we are looking at how additional viewing can be accommodated.
We are currently considering the specification for the timing system; following your feedback from local swimming club members, we will now review fixed options.
When we build or refurbish centres our preference is to have mixed-sex village change facilities. It is our view that village change facilities improve customer experience and make facilities more accessible: cubicles provide privacy, they offer the flexibility to accommodate any proportion of male and female users, parents can share a cubicle with children of the opposite sex, family groups can change together and helpers can accompany people with disabilities of opposite sex.
We are providing a buffer change, this is single sex, and will be available for those users who wish to use it.
We are providing single sex changing facilities for schools. Our operational teams and teachers will always ensure the necessary safeguarding procedures are in place.
The buffer changing rooms will be lockable; this will provide children with a safe place to store their bags.
We will ensure there is seating in the shoe removal area. Having a shoe removal area allows us to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness in the pool and changing areas.
The café can accommodate 50 people.
Final fixtures and fittings have not been agreed, but we will certainly look into this.
Following feedback from the community we are looking to make some changes to the first-floor layout to enable us to deliver additional community and meeting space; this will provide the perfect space for parties.
The multi-use games area (MUGA) will provide one netball court; the sports hall can also accommodate one further court. We have considered providing an additional MUGA, but this is cost-prohibitive.
The plan is to provide four courts on-site. Two courts will be provided this summer, with a further two to be constructed once the final scheme for Melksham House is confirmed.
These courts will be operated by Melksham Tennis Club, but the club will be providing access to the local community; this will be managed by the club.
The campus will also include a Multi-Use Games Area.
The new library will be 313sqm. The new bespoke facility will provide a modern and vibrant library space. The library is not dissimilar in size to the existing one
These will be available as part of the planning submission. We will look to add additional drawings to the website over the coming months.
The acoustic strategy is being developed and will take into account the proximity of the studio to the offices.
The first floor changing rooms were designed so that they are close to the fitness suite. The studio is just along the corridor from the changing rooms.
We agree that this is a sensible proposal and we will work with the main contractor, once appointed, to determine if this is something that can be delivered.
A decision on the car park management strategy has not yet been made. We are considering the best way to manage this car park given its proximity to the town centre.
The public footpath will be retained after the campus is constructed.
During construction, we will need to assess whether it is safe to retain pedestrian access. The build compound will be located on the west of the footpath; construction traffic will need to cross this right of way. The project team will work with the build contractor to look at possible options for providing a crossing point or minimising closures. We will do our best to minimise disruption, but people’s safety is paramount.
We are already constructing a fence and so will look to extend this so there is a consistent boundary with our neighbours.
The assembly hall is owned by the town council.
No decision has been made on this; we are currently considering a range of options.
Vehicular access will be via the Market Place only. We are looking to install moveable bollards between the pillars that lead to Place Road to stop unauthorised use.
The council is currently considering options for the future use of Melksham House. Once a decision is made we will update the local community.
All the necessary due diligence will be undertaken before any scheme for Melksham House is put forward.
The below images are draft plans for the ground floor and first floor of Melksham Community Campus. Please note that these images are draft and subject to change.