Still time to have your say on new Bishop Auckland leisure centre

Woodhouse Close Leisure Centre
A number of options are being proposed for the site of the new Bishop Auckland Leisure Centre, including the site of the current facility. The consultation’s closing date is Sunday 6th December at 5pm. Image:

Members of the public will need to be quick if they are to provide their feedback on plans to modernise leisure facilities in County Durham, including in Bishop Auckland, which is set to receive a new purpose-built leisure centre.

In January this year, proposals were approved in principle by Durham County Council’s Cabinet to invest in modernising leisure services across the county. 

Since then, the council has been looking at how its leisure facilities can be developed in a sustainable way. 

The council is now looking to gather thoughts from communities about the new proposals, including to determine the sites for each of these new centres, along with gathering information about the potential health benefits of participating in leisure activity. 

Site selection plans are intended to be finalised at a Cabinet meeting in early 2021 and plans for the whole programme finalised by the summer.

The site options for the Bishop Auckland centre are to remain at the existing site, move to Bishop Auckland College, or to land adjacent to Bishop Auckland Football Club. 

To see the the current plans, visit the proposals website, and to complete a survey, visit the consultation page on the Durham County Council website. 

The closing date for comments is 5pm on Sunday 6th December.


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