Derby

Council buys land for Belper leisure centre

Land needed for a planned multimillion-pound leisure centre in a Derbyshire town has been bought by the borough council.

Amber Valley Borough Council said it now had a 2.1-acre site for the new facility off Field Lane in Belper.

The centre will include a six-lane swimming pool, a sports hall, gym and exercise studio.

Funding to build the facility is still to be approved by the council.

Councillor Chris Short, the cabinet member for active and healthier places to live, said: "Securing the land not only demonstrates our commitment to progress plans to develop the leisure facility, but also demonstrates that we're committed to obtaining best possible value for the taxpayer.

"The project always has been and will continue to be progressed on a step-by-step basis, so that the council is only committed to each step.

"Our next step will be to establish funding opportunities to build the facility itself, and then to meet the future leisure needs of the people of Belper and surrounding areas."

An 85-space car park is included in the plans for the centre, which could be built by 2013.

Planning permission has already been approved for the site.

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