Green light for new leisure centre in Clay Cross as plans progress

Clay Cross Active artist impressions

As part of the Clay Cross Town Deal, North East Derbyshire District Council has been granted planning permission for a new leisure centre – Clay Cross Active, to be built on the site of the current Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross.

Work is set to commence in early 2023.

The new centre will be a low carbon, low energy building and a hub for the community.  Along with the 100 plus gym space, soft play, swimming, café and TAG Active facilities, there will be the addition of North East Derbyshire Citizens Advice and other services, all nestled within the new building.

Whilst works are underway, the gym and swimming pools will remain open. However, so that works can be started, the fitness studio, sports hall, spinning studio and squash courts are closed.

Some classes will still be running at alternative venues, please visit their website for more details.

Built by the Council’s development partner, Alliance Leisure, the new facility is expected to open in winter 2024 and is funded through the Clay Cross Town Fund and North East Derbyshire District Council and partners.

North East Derbyshire District Cabinet Member for Leisure, Cllr Alan Powell said, “We are delighted to get planning permission for the new leisure facility at Clay Cross and are excited to start work on site.

“The current facility is old and dated and our residents have said they wanted a new facility which will bring the community together, and we are delighted to say this will be happening imminently.

“With climate change at the heart of all our decisions, the centre will be low carbon, have solar PV and air source heat pumps and will be an asset to the community, bringing tog/ether other services to make a real hub for Clay Cross.

Clay Cross Town Board Deputy Chair and North East Derbyshire District Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Charlotte Cupit said, “We are delighted to get the go-ahead for this amazing facility for all the community to enjoy. We listened when you said you wanted a new facility and this will be just that and more with other partners involved and it will be a real hub for the community for years to come.

Julia Goddard, Senior Business Development Manager at Alliance Leisure said, “Alliance Leisure’s role in the project is to deliver a leisure and wellbeing facility that the local community can be proud of.  Having delivered over 200 leisure developments across the UK we are bringing this expertise to our delivery of Clay Cross Active.  Our team will be assisting at every stage of the project and look forward to seeing the new centre open in 2024.”

Whilst the site will be staying partially open, current leisure centre members can also use the other three centres in the district as part of their membership deal.

These are, Dronfield Sports Centre, Eckington Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre and Killamarsh Active.

For more information about Clay Cross Active, you can visit the Clay Cross Active microsite.