Plans have been submitted to Havant Borough Council to further transform the Waterlooville Leisure Centre in Waterberry Drive.
The Centre was extended in 2015 when a split-level gym, children’s indoor soft play area, café and increased parking provision were added.
Following the success of this extension, Horizon Leisure Centres, the charity that runs both the Waterlooville and Havant Leisure Centres, is now looking to make further investment on the site.
The Charity has made two planning applications for the site. The first is a detailed planning application for the reconfiguration of the existing car park that also includes the construction of a single-deck car park. The plans also include greater provision for disabled parking and improved access to the Centre for both pedestrians and cyclists with the inclusion of a new and enlarged covered cycle store.
The second is an outline application for a further extension to the Centre that will provide additional leisure activities. Although separate applications they are to be considered together as they are directly linked with each other. This is known as a hybrid application.
The exact leisure activities to be provided are commercially sensitive at this stage but the new facilities will be subject to a detailed planning application once the required infrastructure and car parking provision has been significantly increased to support both the existing and future customer demand.
The cost of the two schemes is likely to exceed £3 million. The majority of the funding will be provided by the Charity itself but over £1 million is scheduled to come from a S106 developer contribution from Grainger plc towards providing necessary infrastructure for the growing number of new residents of the West of Waterlooville housing development.
Howard Broad, Horizon Leisure Centres Chief Executive, said, “The Charity is delighted to be able to start the process of providing yet more quality leisure facilities so desperately needed by the increasing demands and the additional population of the area. The recent successful expansion at the Centre has shown that the demand for high quality leisure facilities is increasing as more people realise the importance of taking regular exercise. In order for us to provide the next exciting extension we must ensure we have improved parking, pedestrian and cycling access to the Centre.
“There is a growing awareness about the inactivity levels in the Country and the detrimental impact this has on people’s health and lives. The provision of new locally accessible and affordable sporting facilities is therefore essential for the community’s wellbeing. The Charity’s strapline is ‘Making Life Better!’ and we fully intend to carry on improving the existing Centres and providing new facilities to help achieve this goal”.