Plans to build a new swimming pool in Hebden Royd have been given the go-ahead after decades of campaigning.
Calderale Council Planning Committee approved the scheme after Mytholmroyd Community Association amended earlier proposals for the leisure centre cutting the previous estimated building costs by a third.
The group is splashing out £1.2 million on the new single storey swimming pool and work by Elland’s Marshall Building Contractors will begin on November 1.
The new Royd Pool and Fitness Centre will be housed in a 850-metre squared single storey building and include a swimming pool, aerobics room, gym and changing facilities.
To reduce the previous costs, the development in the car park at Mytholmroyd Community Centre car park at Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, the roof will no longer be ‘green’ and instead, will be slightly pitched at 0.7 metres higher. The total number of windows will be less in the east elevation and proposed building materials will differ.
Speaking after the meeting of Calderdale Council’s planning commitee, Coun Marshall said: “It’s something the community has been waiting a very long time for and we’re all very excited about its eventual opening.”