Dear All,

Some news just in which I wanted to pass on:

Croydon Council has now received the long-awaited planning application to build a new pool and leisure centre on the old Purley Pool site, with regeneration of the surrounding area too.

The planning application includes:

  • the new leisure centre and pool,
  • a housing project of 123 “later living” flats and 97 care home rooms all reserved for older people (including, for example, local down-sizers) called an “Integrated Retirement Community”
  • 78 total parking spaces and a new public square with improved access from the station to the High Street to help regenerate the town centre and boost the local economy
  • a 25m six-lane main swimming pool and a training pool
  • an 80 space gym, fitness suite and studio space as well as changing rooms, WC and a café

The construction cost of the new leisure centre and pool will be covered by the revenue from the flats and care home rooms for older people so won’t cost taxpayers anything, and the ownership and management of the leisure centre and pool will transfer to the Council once it is built.  The applicant expects to start demolition work in September this year, with a 3 year total programme.

The full planning application is here (reference number 24/00775/FUL):

You can comment on the application by following this link if you want to.

There are some clearer plans and background available to look at here (although it appears that the actual planning application differs a little in some details):

The new project covers the area currently occupied by the old leisure centre, multi-storey car park and the old Sainsbury’s.

I would like to have seen more parking in the project, but unfortunately the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has a planning policy (which applies to this scheme) that strictly limits the parking which they allow on new developments.  But overall it is very welcome that we will get a new leisure centre and pool and that this site will be regenerated at last.

This all follows a lot of work by Mayor Jason Perry and local councillors which I have supported.  You may recall that the previous Labour administration in Croydon closed the pool and shockingly refused to re-open it (in fact, the previous Labour council did not even bother to bid for Purley Pool for a share of the £100m Government funding pot to re-open leisure centres after Covid).  A pool for Purley is essential – it was previously used by 11 local schools, many charities and local people of all ages. A new pool and leisure centre will also provide a welcome lift to Purley town centre, attracting more footfall and creating a nicer environment.

You can comment on the planning application on the application link above and I would encourage you to do so.

I hope that this update was useful and please do keep an eye on my website for further local news.  I am determined to see a pool and facilities re-opened in Purley as soon as possible.