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Bid for new £3.2m tennis centre and gym made for Norfolk town

PUBLISHED: 13:54 05 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:22 05 July 2018

Plans for a £3.2m community sports hub in Cromer have been submitted. Image: NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL

Plans for a £3.2m community sports hub in Cromer have been submitted. Image: NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL

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Three indoor tennis courts and a gym feature in plans for a new community sports hub in Cromer, to cost up to £3.2m.

Plans for a £3.2m community sports hub in Cromer have been submitted. Image: NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCILPlans for a £3.2m community sports hub in Cromer have been submitted. Image: NORTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL

North Norfolk District Council is working with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Cromer Academy on the scheme, which aims to boost the profile of tennis and eventually double young people’s participation in the sport across the region.

Saunders Boston Architects has submitted the application to the council, on behalf of the council itself, and it will be up to the council’s development committee to approve or reject the plans later this year.

The centre would have the only indoor tennis facility in the district and build on the reputation of some of the finest grass courts in the UK at the nearby Cromer Lawn Tennis and Squash Association.

The gym would include 25 stations as well as a free weights area and space for fitness classes, social activities and meetings.

The centre would be built on Cromer Academy land, but there would be a separate public entrance via Cabell Park, off Mill Road.

The £3.2m figure includes planned improvements to other tennis facilities across the district.

The council would pay for around 75pc - £2.4m - and would ask the LTA to pay for the rest.

If everything falls into place, the council hopes the centre could be opened by summer 2019.

The plans follow a public consultation held in April. The application will be put up on the council’s website “over the next few days” for people to comment further.

For more details, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/tasks/projects/community-sports-hub

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