Chiltern District Council's Planning Committee recommended the approval of the planning application for the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre, subject to conditions.
The application will be reported to Full Council for a final decision on the 23rd of July.
The planning decision regarding the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre was previously deferred at a meeting on 14 February this year when the Planning Committee requested further work to be done on parking provision, the design of the sports hall, the thermal ratings of the building and the overall impact of the new centre on the local area.
At last night's meeting, (10 June), the committee considered the revisions to the building design, materials and appearance made in the planning application.
An increase in parking provision had been proposed, from 221 spaces to 263 spaces, and revised arrangements made for minibus and coach parking and servicing vehicles. Matters such as town centre impact, noise conditions and thermal performance of the building had also been addressed. The additional consultation period following the previous planning committee meeting had demonstrated the level of public support for the proposal, whilst also recognising the objections received.
The application will now be put before Chiltern's Full Council for a final decision.
The new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will feature a 160 station fitness suite with four studios, a spa, an eight-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a diving / teaching pool, a children's splash pad area, soft play, clip and climb, a four badminton court sports hall, squash courts, a climbing wall, library, café area and community centre.
For information on the Notice of Intention to Appropriate Land please visit https://www.chiltern.gov.uk/publicnoticeopenspaceconsultation
Council takes next step towards new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre
On 14 February, Chiltern District Council’s Planning Committee deferred the decision to build a state-of-the-art leisure, sports and community building in King George V Road, Amersham.
The new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will feature a gym, a spa, an eight-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a diving / teaching pool, a children's splash pad area, a four badminton court sports hall, squash courts, a climbing wall, library, café area and community centre.
The Planning Committee has asked for further work to be done on parking provision, the design of the sports hall, the thermal ratings of the building and the overall impact of the new centre on the local area. This will then be considered by the Planning Committee again before it is put before Chiltern’s full Council meeting for a final decision.
Councillor Michael Stannard, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Support Services said: “This is an important and once-in-a-lifetime decision and we want to make sure we get it right. There is still work to be done but we are confident we can make this happen and have fantastic facilities for future generations to use and enjoy. We know we have public support, as shown through the extensive local consultation undertaken over the last three years, with 4,500 people responding and over 80% supporting the redevelopment of the Chiltern Pools.
What we have done so far on pre-design work including ground investigations, legal searches, services and land swap negotiations, will continue to be relevant and will be used for any future development.”
Plans for the new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre have moved a step closer this week as the planning application for the centre has been submitted.
The application is to build a state-of-the-art leisure, sports and community building in King George V Road and replace the existing buildings on the site; Chiltern Pools, Drake Hall, Chiltern Youth Centre and Amersham Library, excluding the Annex and Barn Hall.
If planning permission is granted, the new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will feature a gym, a spa, an 8-lane 25 metre swimming pool, a diving / teaching pool, a children's splash pad area, a four badminton court sports hall, squash courts, a climbing wall, library, café area and community centre.
As with any planning application, a consultation period is part of the planning process. Residents can view the plans and submit comments via the planning portal for the Planning Committee to consider. The consultation period is open until Thursday 3rd January 2019.
To view the planning application visit Planning and use reference PL/18/4593/RC.
Before the new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre proposal is submitted for planning permission, the Council has organised a range of public information events during September and October 2018.
What can I expect at these public information events?
At these events you will have the opportunity to speak to someone about the project, ask questions and complete a short questionnaire. There will be display boards showing how we have got to this point, the timeline, how the construction phasing would work and what the new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre would look like when completed. We will also have a ‘fly-through’ so you can see the new centre and its facilities graphically.
Where can I see the images and maps of the proposals?
The display board images can be seen on the Public Information Events area of this website.
The 'fly-through' is also being finalised and will also be posted on this website when done.
Can't make the events?
If you are unable to attend any of the events mentioned below you can view details of the project on this website and complete the short questionnaire.
Coming up - the public information events
Tuesday 11 September 2018 - 4pm to 8pm
Chiltern District Council, King George V House, King George V Road, Amersham, HP6 5AW
Thursday 20 September 2018 - 4pm to 8pm
Chesham Grammar School, White Hill, Chesham, HP5 1BA
Wednesday 10 October 2018 - 6pm to 9pm
The Chalfonts Community College, Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8TP