Expressions of Interest for former Huthwaite Leisure Centre Site

Community/Business site options


In order to address Ashfield District Council Corporate plan priorities an extensive Leisure Facilities Review has been undertaken. The evidence and consultation findings had a clear approach including maximising and rationalising the use of council assets including Huthwaite Leisure Centre.

Huthwaite Leisure Centre is sited in Huthwaite, Sutton in Ashfield and is in Council ownership.  The facility was originally a school and more recently converted to a leisure centre with a gym, one court hall, bar, kitchen, snooker room, associated changing facilities and office space. There is off street parking.

A report was approved at Cabinet to terminate the contract with the leisure operator and to seek alternative options for the site with no subsidy from the council. We therefore invite community groups or other interested parties to submit a sustainable business plan to operate the site, with or without a leisure focus, at no future cost to the council.

Under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) and The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015, the use class of the above premises fall within D2 – Assembly and Leisure. Any changes to this use may require planning consent

The intention is to go to the open market for a period of 4 weeks after which the council will evaluate any business plans submitted to see if there are any suitable options for the future of the site.

The council is open to all proposals for the future of the site although it is emphasised that there will be no cost to the council and there is no guarantee that any proposals will be followed through into practise. The council are committing up to a one off contribution of £3,000 to assist the successful group with set up costs.

If further information is required to aid submission please contact Joy Elmer, Leisure Performance Officer at

Submission dates

Expressions of interest including a business plan will be accepted from Friday 1st June 2018 to Friday 6th July inclusively (29 days).

Submissions should be returned to Theresa Hodgkinson –