Stoke & Staffordshire

Westbridge Park development given green light

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Image caption Previous plans for the site were met with strong opposition

A new £6m leisure centre has been given the go-ahead by councillors in Staffordshire.

Plans for Westbridge Park, in Stone, include a six-lane swimming pool and play area.

The proposals, which would still require planning permission, also feature a new sports hall and artificial football pitch at nearby Alleyne's Academy.

It is expected to be partly funded through a new M&S food store.

Stafford Borough Council said the store would also require planning permission, but it had been earmarked on land already developed within the park.

Council Leader Mike Heenan said: "These plans deliver the best leisure facilities for Stone whilst retaining valuable green space on Westbridge Park."

Previous proposals for the site, which included a larger supermarket in 2012, were met with strong opposition, including a 1,200-name petition.

Local councillor Jill Hood, part of the Keep Westbridge Park Green campaign, said the group was "over the moon" that the town would keep its park.

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