Massive milestone moment for Melksham Community Campus
This has been a long complex project but getting permission to construct will now allow for our vision to become a reality.Cllr Allison Bucknell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure
Planning permission has been granted for the construction of Melksham Community Campus project, marking a massive milestone.
The report was heard at Strategic Planning Committee on 13 November and was unanimously given the green light by councillors.
The planning application was initially submitted in March 2019 but was subsequently changed and resubmitted in August following valuable feedback from the public.
In October 2019, Wiltshire Council's Cabinet agreed to fund an additional £3m for the project to ensure that the campus can provide as many services as possible for the community. This is subject to final approval at Full Council on 26 November.
We will now look to appoint a lead contractor so that work can begin at the Melksham House site in 2020. The campus is expected to be complete by 2021.
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 and outdoor bowls. Two new tennis courts were provided earlier this summer.
Cllr Allison Bucknell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Leisure, said: "I'm absolutely delighted we have now reached this crucial stage. This has been a long complex project but getting permission to construct will now allow for our vision to become a reality.
"Despite the complexities and setbacks along the way, we never lost sight of our aim to provide a facility that the entire community can use and be proud of. I look forward to seeing spades in the ground next year
"We are also committed to seeing Melksham House being brought back into use for the benefit of the community and we'll have more details on that early next year.
"I would like to thank to the community for working with us, and pay tribute to our amazing officers who are putting so much time and effort in to providing this state of the art facility."
A report will be going forward to a council cabinet meeting next year outlining a detailed business case for the future of Melksham House.
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