Harleston town councillors have agreed to move forward with a planning application to revamp the leisure centre.
Discussed at Wednesday night’s town council meeting, councillors also agreed to let town clerk Margot Harbour move forward with applications to the district and county council for funding, although they have still not formally approved the plans for the renovation.
The council contracted building consultants Ingleton Wood to carry out a feasibility study which included looking at mezzanine flooring above the gym, a false ceiling with insulation to reduce heat loss, accommodation of productions, functions, conferences and meeting rooms, acoustic screening, windows to provide natural light to the upper level as well as accessibility, including a platform lift. The study, which has now been completed, also looked at the social club, including a new false ceiling with insulation, rewiring, installation of a kitchen, restructuring of the toilets and possible amendments to the bar area.
Planning permission is needed for changes to the windows, as in being sought to allow the project to move on if councillors approve it.