ALCESTER folk will find out tomorrow whether a £1.2m development at the Greig Centre's sports hall is given the go-ahead.

Plans to build the two-storey extension, which will wrap around part of the present building adding multi-purpose rooms, gym and changing facilities, are due to be discussed at tomorrow's meeting of Stratford Council planning committee.

If approved, the proposed suite will replace the existing fitness facility and enable a greater range of activities to be offered at the centre.

The district council is offering a proposed £800,000 grant towards the extension, with further funding from other sources.

Alcester Town Council's contribution is yet to be decided and townspeople will have the chance to vote and have their say at a public meeting on April 5.

Greig Centre trustees have requested £150,000 but the council is considering offering just £50,000. The £100,000 shortfall would threaten the district council grant and leave the centre still searching for funds.

Severn Trent Water, Warwickshire County Council and Environmental Health have not objected to plans and in a report for Thursday's committee Stratford Council's conservation officer said the location, general form and scale of the extension were acceptable.

But he added the building would be improved by the use of less prominent roof lights as an alternative to window openings on the first floor extension.

The Environment Agency has objected to the proposed development on the grounds it is not accompanied by a flood risk assessment and it is too close to the nearby river.

The council's presenting officer John Clarke has recommended councillors approve plans subject to the use of roof lights instead of windows, a flood risk assessment and the provision of improved cycle facilities at the centre.