Children’s play centre is on the cards for town

Planning applications
Planning applications

A play centre could soon be opened, if planning permission is granted.

An application has been submitted to open the centre in the industrial estate in Hitchin Road, Shefford.

The building has stood empty for several years.

The application states: “The centre would offer a ball park and an activity climbing area, a sensory room for babies and toddlers, the disabled and the elderly together with a games room for electronic gaming for eight to 12-year-olds.

“The facility would also provide a mini gym area and one or two party rooms for private bookings and a cafe type food and light beverage facility.”

The centre would be open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and it would create up to 12 jobs.

There would only be two parking spaces and these would be used by staff; the application states that most people would walk. There would be 25 cycle spaces and there is general public parking for the industrial estate.

The report concludes: “The proposed facility will not only provide a positive addition to the town and local residential community but also a facility that forms an essential recreational space with great potential value.”