A NEW spa boasting a sauna, hydro pool and fire pit will be built at a leisure centre after plans were given the green light by council bosses.
David Lloyd Leisure, in Snakes Lane, Eastwood, is set to create a “spa garden” and install “spa facilities” in a bid to undergo a “cultural transformation to increase mindfulness and wellbeing”.
The plans will see new additional internal spa facilities, as well as a new spa garden facility to include a sauna, hydro pool, and fire pit at the popular leisure centre.
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Daniel Cowan, councillor for the St Laurence Ward, said it is positive news, but hopes there aren’t any noise issues.
He said: “I think it is a positive that companies are still investing in facilities given the current climate.
“I am certain the members at David Lloyd will be pleased too.
“Although, I do know some of the outdoors activities in recent years have created some noise disturbance for residents in the area, so I hope these new facilities do not add to those concerns.
The leisure centred currently has no facilities provided outside, and claimed in its application that there had been “numerous requests” from club members about upgrading the facility.
The area where the new spa garden will be is currently an under-used lawned area.
Bosses say this will now bring the land back into “meaningful use”
Through a public consultation, 117 neighbouring properties were notified of the application by letter and site notices were displayed.
The planning officers says three letters of representation were received, and the summary of the comments included concerns about “existing noise from the site”, “noise and dust pollution from construction”, “privacy”, “objections to general expansion of the site”, and “objections raised regarding land ownership”.
However, the officers added the matters raised as a concern were not found to justify refusing planning permission.
The officer said: “It is noted that no specific objections have been raised regarding the proposed extension or spa garden.
“All relevant planning considerations have been assessed within the appraisal section of the report.
“The matters raised as a concern are not found to justify refusing planning permission in the circumstances of this case.”
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