York & North Yorkshire

Selby leisure centre granted planning permission

Artist's impression of the new centre
Image caption The new centre is expected to cost about £9m

A new leisure centre to replace one destroyed by fire last year has been given planning consent.

The new development will include two swimming pools, a gym, sauna and steam room and an all weather sports pitch outside the building.

Selby Council said it would find out in September if Sport England would make a "significant contribution" towards the estimated £9m cost of the scheme.

The authority said the new centre could be open by Christmas 2014.

The fire at the Abbey Leisure Centre, in North Yorkshire, started in the steam and sauna room on 28 February last year, less than two years after it underwent a £1.1m refurbishment.

Councillor Gillian Ivey, deputy leader of the Conservative-run authority, said: "The fire at the old site was obviously a huge blow, but it's also been an opportunity for us to create something brand new and really exciting at the site."

The council has worked with its leisure services provider, Wigan Leisure and Cultural Trust, and national sports body Sport England on proposals to redevelop the site.

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