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Melksham milestone as planning application submitted for community campus

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Melksham’s multi-million-pound campus has moved a significant step forward with a planning application formally submitted.

The application will be available to view on the council’s planning portal shortly.

The designs for the modern Melksham Community Campus include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, dance studio, library and community hub, sports hall, a café and office space. This will be in addition to the cricket pitch, outdoor bowls and the new tennis courts, which will be located on the Melksham House site. Work on the new tennis courts began earlier this week.

Earlier in March Wiltshire Council held two well attended public information drop-in days for the campus team to speak to people about the plans and answer questions.

Wiltshire Council said, “A decision on the planning application is expected by the end of August this year. If the application is approved, then construction work is anticipated to start in early 2020, with the project due to be completed by mid-2021.

“The planning application will be subject to Wiltshire Council’s normal planning procedures, as per any other application.”

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for communities and leisure said, “This is a momentous milestone for our campus programme. Some people perhaps thought we would never reach this stage, but we’re delighted to have done so. This is the first step towards commencing construction of this exciting and long-awaited project. I urge people to provide their feedback via the planning portal and take a look at the plans.”

For all the latest information on the Campus programme, visit

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