Leader of Northumberland County Council, Peter Jackson said:
“The new leisure centre plans are ambitious, forward-looking and are eagerly awaited and have been developed in consultation with the local community.
“ With planning consent firmly secured, work can now start to create a modern leisure facility which meets the needs of the community, creating new and exciting opportunities for individuals, families, schools and sporting enthusiasts to realise their fitness, lifestyle and sporting goals.”
Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism, said:
“ I am delighted that this planning application has been approved. It now means we are able to move forward with the development and soon offer more great opportunities for people living in Morpeth and the surrounding area to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Mark Warnes, interim Chief Executive of Active Northumberland said:
“ It’s great that such rapid progress has been made in designing and developing the new centre and that the green light has now been given to start building it. The new centre will be a real asset for the town and a wonderful place, with great facilities, for residents and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.”
Advance Northumberland, the regeneration company established by Northumberland County Council, is responsible for delivering the project. The centre has been designed by GT3 Architects.