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Former Queen’s Park Sports Centre

Former Queen’s Park Sports Centre

Thank you to everyone that took part in our consultation on plans for the site of the old Queen’s Park Sports Centre on Boythorpe Road.

The consultation took place between Monday 12 September and Friday 21 October 2016 and 583 people gave us their views.

The full results of the consultation are available below:

Queens Park Sports Centre Former Site Consultation Report (pdf 1.2 MB)

What was the consultation about?

The former Queen's Park Sports Centre has been empty since the new £11.25 million Queen’s Park Sports Centre opened in January this year.

The old building is not fit for purpose and permission has been granted for it to be demolished.

When developing plans for the site, we used the following principles:

  • The site should generate income and not cost council tmoney
  • It should support the priorities in the council plan to improve the quality of life for local people, support a thriving borough and deliver value for money
  • It should fit in with the heritage nature of the Grade II* listed Queen’s Park and facilities in the town centre and the borough
  • It should be well used and give added value for our communities.

Preferred option for the site

The council’s preferred option is for 3G all weather pitches, which can be used for training and recreational use including: football, hockey, rugby and athletics. We believe this will improve park usage, encourage sport and healthy lifestyle activity and fit with all the principles above.

The plans below show how the proposed 3G provision would fit on the site of the old centre and it the setting of the park:

Potential 3G pitch - Queens Park setting (pdf 496 KB)
Potential 3G pitch - site view (pdf 228 KB)

No decision has been made which is why we consulted with residents. 

Options provisionally ruled out after considering them against the principles include:

  • Other leisure provision such as an ice rink or high ropes facility have been considered but are not thought to be viable given likely demand.
  • Shopping – we do not want to take business away from the town centre
  • Housing – while we need more housing, this is not appropriate for the site
  • Car parking – there are already two car parks at the site and other car parks nearby in the town centre
  • Restaurant/pub use – this is not appropriate in the park
  • Cultural use such as exhibitions, artist studios, events etc, while these would complement the park, it would be at an ongoing cost to the council
  • Park extension – this would add to the significant cost of maintaining the park
  • Disposal – the council would then have less control on what happens to the site and could lose out on future development opportunities.

Last updated on 28 November 2017