It's subject to approval from Calderdale Council.
Calderdale will get a new state-of-the-art leisure centre, if it is approved by the borough’s full council.
As part of Calderdale’s Next Chapter, plans are in place for a new combined swimming pool and leisure facility on the site of the existing North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax.
The decision was taken in the private part of Monday night’s Cabinet meeting (July 29th) where public and press were excluded, because discussion involved financial and business affairs, having been included as a “Halifax Town Centre Leisure Provision” item.
Councillors heard it will include a modern gym, pool and sports hall and dance studio space.
It is proposed that the new centre would also offer alternative options to encourage people to get active, including a wellness suite and adventure climb, in line with policies aiming to ensure Calderdale has a healthy population.
Initial proposals and feasibility studies were developed last year and the council received over 1,600 responses to the public consultation, with some suggestions which were received being used to support development of the technical design.
The new centre will also incorporate the latest energy efficient and carbon footprint reducing innovations, supporting the council’s fight against climate change, Cabinet heard.
Cabinet approved funding to take the project to the detailed technical design stage, which will include the submission of a planning application.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, Councillor Jane Scullion, said the existing leisure facilities in Halifax were reaching the end of their useful life and it was important the council moved forward with plans for a new site.
“The proposed combined pool and fitness centre at the site of the current North Bridge Leisure Centre would give a significant boost not only to the regeneration of Halifax and the wider Calderdale economy, but also to the borough’s offer as a place to invest, live, visit, work and play,” she said.