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POLICY HC18

The development of new leisure facilities will be permitted at suitable locations within the urban area provided that:

  1. Outside existing centres the need for the facility is assessed and justified,
  2. The proposal either singularly or cumulatively with existing or approved developments does not undermine the vitality and viability of the City Centre and District Shopping Centres,
  3. A sequential evaluation indicates that there are no more suitable alternative sites, with priority given to the City Centre, District Shopping Centres and Edge of Centre sites
  4. There is an acceptable means of access (including public transport, walking and cycling) and an appropriate level of parking, and
  5. The highway network is capable of accommodating the traffic generated by the proposal without a significant effect on traffic flows.

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