Council backs regeneration plans for Poole’s town centre

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Town Centre North regeneration

Councillors have endorsed multi-million pound plans to regenerate and transform the town centre in Poole. 

At a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 24 April, members approved plans for the council to seek a development partner to take forward its ambitious proposals for Town Centre North, the flagship project for regenerating the town centre. 

The proposed regeneration scheme will include a new leisure centre and swimming pool, improved public realm connecting Lighthouse Poole to the development, a new hotel, replacement bus station, commercial office space and more than 400 new homes. 

A new leisure centre will act as an anchor to the regeneration scheme which provides an opportunity to deliver significant economic, social and community benefits to the town centre. A public consultation, held in February and March, saw the majority of respondents agree with the council’s preferred option for an eight lane, 25 metre swimming pool. 

Cllr John Challinor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Borough of Poole, said: “We have received a huge response to the public consultation and the feedback has helped us shape the specification for the new leisure centre. By aiming to provide an 8 lane 25m competition standard swimming pool, as well as a large learner pool, we are creating a facility that will benefit the whole community and offer a fitting home for Poole’s very successful swimming club. 

“We are also proposing to extend the current fitness offer with a gym twice the size of the current one, two new additional dance studios, a larger spa, better catering and improved facilities for disabled people. 

“The proposed £15m leisure centre represents a significant investment by the council into community facilities and we are very excited to be taking this to the next stage as part of the town centre regeneration proposals.” 

The council will be maximising the use of its own assets, such as Kingland Road car park, Seldown car park and the Dolphin pool site, to deliver regeneration in Poole. 

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration, Borough of Poole, added: “It’s really exciting that our long held ambition to create a vibrant town centre is starting to finally move forward. The approval to secure a development partner is a significant milestone in the regeneration of Poole and will help us bring the council’s £132 million vision to fruition.” 

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