Tisbury Community Campus moves closer

A PLANNING application for a community campus in Tisbury is expected to be submitted in the spring.

The Tisbury Campus Project includes a bigger and better sports hall, fitness suite and library at the site in Weaveland Road, a remodelled and updated main events hall, facilities for training and business support, accommodation for the police, new pre-school accommodation, a children’s centre, meeting rooms and spaces for activities for young people.

The swimming pool at the site is also set to be renovated and improved.

Plans for the campus scheme are currently with planning officers ahead of public consultation and a formal application being submitted. If the application is approved, contractors could be on site later this year. The project is being led by the Tisbury Community Operations Board (TisCOB), which is made up of Wiltshire councillors and local volunteers.

TisCOB has been running a pop-up shop in the High Street, consulted the parish councils and the Tisbury Business Association, and published Campus Calling to outline the proposals to the wider community. There have been meetings with all potential occupiers of the campus as well as the swimming club and St John’s School.

TisCOB has engaged architects and come up with an outline layout which planners will be commenting on. Cllr Tony Deane, chairman of TisCOB, said: “We’re delighted that the campus development is on schedule for opening in 2015. We have been working hard to ensure the campus proposals truly reflect what the community wants and we believe we’ve been able to achieve this. “Tisbury Campus will offer hugely improved facilities for core services such as leisure and libraries, as well as providing state of the art amenities to host community events and performances.”

The full proposal will be available to the public soon and there will be a period of consultation for residents to provide feedback. For more information, visit the South West Our Community Matter site, southwestwilts.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk, or email tisburycommunitycampus@wiltshire.gov.uk.

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