It will be a whole new World at Jarman Park

Artist's impression of plans for LeisureWorld in Hemel Hempstead.
Artist's impression of plans for LeisureWorld in Hemel Hempstead.
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BOLD plans have been unveiled for the redevelopment of LeisureWorld in Hemel Hempstead.

Under the proposals the current neon-lit frontage is ripped out and replaced with cafes and restaurants opening out on to terraced seating.

The £4 million overhaul – due to get under way next summer – will see a gym and children’s play facility open up alongside the ice rink and cinema.

The plans, unveiled in the wake of a series of shutdowns at the Jarman Park site, also include a bowling alley, which would replace recently closed Hotshots.

Councillor Steve Holmes, cabinet chief for planning and regeneration at Dacorum Borough Council, welcomed the development.

He said: “Any improvement would be magnificent from our point of view and trying to make it in keeping with the theme up there, which is sport and entertainment.

“There is a general theme starting to form up there with the enhancement of Tesco and the sports centre. The Snow Centre is nationally renowned and the XC is the best in the country. Hopefully people will find this a tourist destination.”

A planning application has been submitted to the council by site owners Capital & Regional, who hope to have the work completed in spring 2013.

Under the changes the venue will also be given a new name, yet to be revealed.

David James, in charge of national developments, said: “Jarman Fields is a terrific location for both retail and leisure occupiers.

“LeisureWorld is showing its age and the offer needs upgrading to satisfy the evident family-orientated demand. Our proposals are planned to address both of these issues and we’re encouraged by the positive response of the local authority and the occupier market.”

The company says LeisureWorld will remain open during the works.

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