A new leisure centre for the Vale of White Horse

To help meet the growing need for leisure facilities in the Vale, we are planning to build a new leisure centre at Mably Way, Wantage.  Our aim is for the new centre to open in 2020. 

The new facility will play an important part of the future at the district adapts to the meet the needs of a growing population, with new homes and facilities expected at sites such as Monks Farm, Crab Hill and the Grove Airfield site.

Our ambition is to deliver a new leisure centre that will address the growing demand for enhanced sport and leisure facilities, increasing participation in sport and physical activity for the whole community.

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Consultation results 

During 2017 we consulted people to find out what they thought of the proposal for a new leisure centre.  We received more than 600 responses during the consultation.  Thank you to everyone who took part.  84 per cent of those who took part backed our proposal, with 70 per cent agreeing that Mably Way was a suitable location. Following this strong support, we are now moving forward with the plans for a new leisure centre at Mably Way, with the aim of opening in 2020.

You can now read the consultation results by click on New Leisure Centre - Consultation Summary (2.7 MB) PDF .

What's happening now?

Our leisure strategy study, published in 2014, identified the core facilities required to satisfy the needs for the Wantage, Grove and surrounding area.  These studies provided the evidence for the proposed facility mix both now and in the future (up to 2031) to meet the indoor and outdoor (artificial grass pitch) provision locally.

Following a meeting of the council’s scrutiny committee, and using feedback received during the consultation, we are now working to finalise plans for the new site.  We can confirm that the following facilities will be included:

  • Main pool – 25 metre six lane community pool
  • Learner pool
  • Sports Hall (equivalent to four badminton courts)
  • Health and Fitness provision
  • Studio Spaces (multi use areas)
  • Artificial Grass Pitch provision

We will also ask our design team to consider the feasibility, budget permitting, of including the following additional facilities in the final designs:

  • Moveable floor in the learner pool
  • Multi climbing wall experience
  • Confidence water
  • Coffee shop

We plan to submit two planning applications for the site. 

We expect to submit the planning application for the leisure centre by Spring 2018, with the aim of achieving planning permission by the summer.

Our submission of a separate application for a new access road was successful and permission was granted in January 2018. This had to be in place first to allow us to apply for a licence to relocate protected wildlife currently living on the site.

We won’t start work on the access road until the full application for the leisure centre has been granted. 

View the concept plans 

To view the proposed plans that featured in our consultation click on the following links:

Please note, these are concept designs only and new designs will be produced to acompany the full planning application in 2018.

How we’ll work to ensure the new centre benefits the whole community

Equalities - by taking account of the needs and abilities of different users we will work to ensure that the new leisure centre is accessible to everyone

Energy - by including technologies such as highly efficient lighting, natural ventilation and renewable energy we’ll ensure the centre is energy efficient. 

Environmental Health - we’ll ensure that any noise and light coming from the centre meet British standards and do not adversely affect the local area.

Planning - the new centre will be an exciting and welcoming venue, creating a distinctive sense of place through innovative, sustainable design and landscaping that is appropriate for the local area.

Last reviewed: 18 - 01 - 2018

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