Persimmon Homes have issued the following press release:
Persimmon Homes has announced a number of positive changes to the planning application for the proposed Coatham Links development in Redcar, with renewed plans submitted to incorporate a large new dance floor performance space within the leisure centre of the landmark £88m scheme.
The updated application details plans to create a state of the art dance floor and performance space to be housed alongside the further proposed facilities at Coatham Links leisure centre. The changes will now create a 30m by 20m dance floor, with adjacent viewing and entertainment facilities, creating an exciting new performance space for the hundreds of dance enthusiasts within Redcar.
The proposed leisure facilities at Coatham Links are at the heart of the new £88m Coatham Links scheme and will be recognised as the gateway to a variety of sporting and leisure facilities, from the extreme to the sedate. For the first time, residents will be able to enjoy a first-class water-based leisure facility boasting a six-lane swimming pool, separate leisure pool, bowling alley and new dance floor performance space.
Changes to the planning application submitted by Persimmon Homes in August 2007 have been made following liaison with both the local business community and Redcar residents. The further changes enable the delivery of the new dance floor right at the start of the development, ensuring that the consequential relocation of the bowling alley to replace the bingo hall addresses fully the concerns of local businesses.
Further changes to the plans include a new home for the planned bowling alley, which has now been moved into a different section of the leisure centre.
Joan Martin, who runs the Martin Grove School of Dance and Fitness in Redcar is looking forward to utilising the new space to showcase the dancing abilities of her many students throughout the area. Joan said:
“Redcar has a long dance tradition and I am pleased to see that the plans for Coatham Links now include a dance space as part of the leisure centre, ensuring that the local dance community will benefit from a new performance space as part of the first development phase.
“A well sized dance floor at Coatham Links will help cater for the growing numbers of people becoming interested in dancing, and in particular ballroom dancing, and guarantee that the talented people of the area will have the performance space they deserve to show their skills on the dance floor to new audiences.”
The amended plans have now been submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for review, with a decision on the overall planning application for the Coatham Links scheme expected prior to Easter 2007.
Peter Jordan, Persimmon Homes Regional Projects Director said, “The planning application for Coatham Links has now been altered and re-submitted as a result of what the team felt to be required changes relating to the inclusion of the dance floor space.
“Redcar has a long dancing tradition and it was felt that providing this important facility from the outset is a positive move for the benefit of the whole community. It demonstrates that we are listening and adapting our plans to take on board the concerns of residents and businesses.
“With a development of this scale it is normal that changes are made during the planning procedure and this is precisely what has occurred at Coatham Links. We are confident that the scheme now fully represents the needs and aspirations of local and future residents and look forward to putting the plans into action to create what will be one of the region’s most pioneering development projects.”