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Kimberley sports village plan resubmitted

Artist's impression of the proposed centre at Broxtowe Image copyright Other
Image caption Facilities at the village would include football pitches, cycling and an urban sports area

Plans for a 50-acre sports village on greenbelt land near Nottingham have been resubmitted by a French firm.

Oxylane Village, a £30m project in Kimberley near the M1, is backed by French sports retailer Decathlon.

The proposed complex would include a leisure centre, swimming pool, shop and cafe.

An earlier proposal was withdrawn in July after being opposed by Broxtowe councillors due to concerns about development on greenbelt land.

'Precious' greenbelt

Councillor Steve Barber said: "We have to decide whether there are exceptional circumstances which would mean we could allow them to build on greenbelt.

"It is question of whether the benefits in this case outweigh the disadvantages."

The new proposal would also involve the planting of 5,200 trees.

An Oxylane spokesman said: "We have spent over three years tailoring the Oxylane Village concept to best suit Broxtowe.

"This has involved significant amounts of consultation with the local community, sports clubs and national governing bodies of sport."

A council spokesman confirmed new plans had been submitted and a consultation would run until mid-November.

The site is located next to junction 26 of the M1 and the Kimberley/Eastwood bypass.

The project would include £15m in investment from Oxylane, which operates 10 similar sites in France, with an additional £15m from other sources.

Oxylane would also contribute £2.7m to improve the local roads.

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