September 2019

aMERSHAM LIBRARY TEMPORARY RELOCATION

Amersham Library is moving to a temporary new home whilst the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre is built.

The library, which is currently located on the Chiltern Pools site in Amersham, is due to be demolished in November and library services from that building will end in October.

This is because part of the new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will be built over the area where the library is at the moment.

In order to ensure residents still have access to a local library for the duration of the building works, the council offices, which are just across the road from Chiltern Pools, will host the library during the development.

So that the move can take place, Amersham Library will close at 4:00pm on Saturday 5 October and will reopen at King George V House at 9:00am on Tuesday 15 October.

The temporary library will take up part of the reception area of the King George V offices, with facilities like computers, photocopying, printing and scanning and the children’s library all still being available. Unfortunately, some sessions like Bounce and Rhyme will temporarily halt during the development but parents and carers can still go to sessions at other libraries in the area.

Amersham Registration Office which is currently in Amersham Library will also be in the council office on Thursdays.

Library staff are being kept updated throughout the process and are looking forward to welcoming library visitors to the new temporary facilities.

Library staff will not be able to assist customers with general council enquiries but will direct people to the appropriate services, whether that is the reception desk or the out of hours phone number.

The new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre building will house Amersham Library once it is complete.

Cllr Mike Stannard, Deputy Leader of Chiltern District Council said: “After years of planning, it’s fantastic to see that building work on the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre project is finally getting started.

“As with any major development, there will be some changes as we go through it, and our top priority is to ensure minimal impact on current users of the Chiltern Pools, staff and residents.  It’s important that residents still have access to a local library for the duration of the building works, therefore, the council offices, which are just across the road from Chiltern Pools, will host the library during the development.”

Councillor Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities at Buckinghamshire County Council said: “It’s great to be working with Chiltern District Council on this exciting project which will see a first-class brand new library for Amersham being built as part of this new multi-use development. Our library staff will be on hand to help with any questions and queries during our temporary move.”

Buckinghamshire Council agrees plans

We are delighted to report that the Shadow Executive for Buckinghamshire Council has approved the plans for the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre.
We look forward to work starting in October.
For more information about the plans please visit the project website: http://chilternlifestylecentre.com

August 2019

The business case for the new Chiltern Lifestyle Centre has been approved by Chiltern District Council's Cabinet.

At a meeting yesterday evening (20 August), Cabinet Members agreed the business case for the new leisure and community centre, which will replace the current Chiltern Pools facility off Chiltern Avenue in Amersham.

Planning permission for the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre was approved, subject to conditions, on 23 July this year.

Cllr Mike Stannard, CDC Cabinet Member for Support Services, said: "The Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will be a fantastic new leisure and community centre for Amersham and the surrounding areas and I am delighted that the business case has been approved by Cabinet. After the initial years of development, the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre will deliver a good return on investment, providing a source of income for the new unitary authority, Buckinghamshire Council, and enabling the facility to be delivered at no additional cost to the council tax payer.

"As part of these proposals, we will also be investing in the leisure centres in Chalfont St Peter and Chesham, starting when the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre building work commences. This means local residents in Amersham and surrounding towns and villages will be able to access excellent facilities for physical activity, social interaction and community activities, enabling the community to lead healthier lifestyles."

The existing buildings on the King George V site will be demolished - apart from the historic barns - and will be replaced by a leisure, sport and community building featuring 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, plus space for the nursery, soft play and climb. There will also be external sports equipment, multi-use games area, play areas and associated parking and landscaping.

The old Chiltern Pools centre is no longer fit for purpose; having been built in 1965 it is not only aesthetically showing its age, but also requires urgent repair or replacement in some key areas of the facility, making it uneconomical to run long-term. The proposed new centre has been designed to high quality standards which will reduce the ongoing management costs that arise from operating older centres. The proposed Lifestyle Centre, along with the improvements to the centres at Chesham and Chalfont will significantly reduce the Council's Co2 emissions and will be one of only two A-rated buildings of this kind in the country.

The Chiltern Lifestyle Centre project, including the business case, will now be considered by the Buckinghamshire Shadow Executive at a meeting on 10 September 2019.

July 2019

The planning application for the Chiltern Lifestyle Centre was approved by Chiltern District Council at a meeting of Full Council on 23rd July 2019, subject to conditions.

The application for the demolition of existing buildings and a the construction of a replacement leisure, sport and community building, together with external sports equipment, MUGA, play areas and associated parking and landscaping was approved subject to conditions.

The minutes of the meeting can be read on the Chiltern District Council website.

The Chiltern Lifestyle Centre project including the business case will be considered by the Buckinghamshire Shadow Executive at a meeting on 10th September 2019.

June 2019

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.

Read the full report put before the Planning Committee.

May 2019

For information on the Notice of Intention to Appropriate Land please visit https://www.chiltern.gov.uk/publicnoticeopenspaceconsultation

 
 

February 2019

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.” 

December 2018

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.

August 2018

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