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Local children get brand new pre-school building 

Children at Knightwood pre-school will benefit from a brand new building for their day nursery in Skys Wood Road, Chandlers Ford, after planning permission was granted last night.  

As part of their plans to improve sporting and leisure facilities across the Borough, Test Valley Borough Council will be making changes to the Knightwood Leisure Centre. 
As a result, children who used a studio within the Leisure Centre complex for their day nursery will now be relocated to a new free standing building next to the leisure centre. 

Planning permission was granted at the Southern Area Planning Committee, held at Crosfield Hall, Romsey, for the bespoke building which will comprise a play area, quiet area, holiday club room, staff office, store, kitchen and toilets. 

Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward said: “In recent years a small studio inside the leisure centre has been used to provide a temporary solution for the children. The relocation of this facility to its own purpose build OFSTED approved nursery offers a huge improvement in facilities for the children and peace of mind for parents in need of childcare. 

In addition, it offers increased capacity at the Knightwood leisure centre where a new state of the art 25 station gym can now be accommodated offering a more varied programme to encourage activity for local residents . This is a win win situation for all concerned.”

The plans were supported by Hampshire County Council and Valley Park Parish Council as well as local parents. The joint owners of Knightwood preschool, Catherine Botto and Carly Dorney said: “ We would like to thank the Test Valley Borough Council  team, Hampshire County Council  and all the others who have  worked very hard in the background to keep our fantastic early years and after school and holiday club provision alive.”