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Operator put forward for new Nunthorpe Community Centre

Development and regeneration

Thursday, 23 May 2024
Cllr Theo Furness

Plans for a new community centre in Nunthorpe have taken a step forward.

Middlesbrough Council’s Executive has approved a report outlining a potential operator for the centre on land next to the GP surgery on Stokesley Road.

Mayor Chris Cooke and his team also gave the go-ahead for work around the design and planning permission process.

The report set out how a planning application could be submitted in September with work on the £1m building potentially starting on site in February 2025. The project is being backed by government funding provided via the Towns Fund.

Approval was also given for the Council to develop a 25-year lease with the proposed operator.

A consortium led by Nunthorpe Parish Council with Nunthorpe Community Council and Nunthorpe Institute was selected as the winning bid following a competitive process.

The centre would include office space, a kitchen and two community rooms. There are also plans for a community garden, which would be delivered once the centre is built.

Cllr Theo Furness, Executive member for Regeneration, said: “People in Nunthorpe had a community centre many years ago, so this will be a new home and focal point for them.

“It will be great for the local community and will be a valuable asset for the wider area.”

The progress with the Nunthorpe Community Centre project follows this month’s announcement on the future of the Southlands Centre in East Middlesbrough.

MFC Foundation, the charity arm of the football club, is in discussions with the Council to move its headquarters to a brand-new centre in TS3.