Whitecliff Recreation Ground Pavilion development

Whitecliff Pavillion View 7
Whitecliff Pavillion View 2

We are exploring opportunities to modernise, develop and remodel Whitecliff Recreation Ground Pavilion.

The pavilion, situated on Whitecliff Recreation Ground, affords spectacular, picturesque views across Poole Harbour. It also has on-site parking and good cycle and walking access to Poole Quay and Town Centre.

The pavilion hosts sports teams, and the recreation ground accommodates more than 200 sporting fixtures a year. The recreation ground has a children’s play area, outdoor fitness equipment, large open space and is a site for outdoor community events.

Whitecliff Recreation Ground is a public open space and protected by a Fields in Trust designation. This means we need approval from Fields in Trustto develop here.

Benefits of the development

The proposed development of the pavilion would provide:

  • a modern sports and community hub
  • park café
  • public toilet facilities

We aim to completely remodel and modernise the pavilion, and add a predominantly single-storey extension to the rear of the building.

The development proposal includes a requirement for a multi-functional facility which is accessible to community groups and casual users, including sports clubs/organisations that will benefit from modernised changing facilities.


After consultation with the local community and businesses, we made an application for outline planning permission in August 2017.

Outline planning permission was granted in October 2017. You can see all the documents to do with the application via the planning portal reference APP/17/01146.


The tender to find an operator, to remodel, refurbish and extend the Pavilion was published on Monday 3 February 2020. The council are seeking offers from experienced, imaginative and prospective tenants who can deliver our vision to provide a vibrant, comfortable and modern commercial cafe and sports pavilion that compliments the park.

Additional information

A planning application submitted by Mr Mitchell from Elite Skills Arena surrounding the development of this facility is not linked to our proposal. It does not reflect our aspirations for this facility. The outcome of this application will not influence a prospective procurement exercise.

We operate in a fair, open and transparent way, offering both fair opportunity for all bidders, and obtaining best value for Poole residents.

For more information email the Recreation Development team on l.recreationdevelopment@bcpcouncil.gov.ukor phone 01202 123888.

Page last updated: 03 August 2021
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