Kingston residents are a significant step closer to seeing a new community leisure facility as Kingston Council gives the scheme committee approval and the planning application is submitted.

The Place Committee (10 February) reaffirmed the council’s commitment to delivering the new community leisure facility on the site of the Kingfisher as part of the Transform Kingston programme. The scheme sits at the heart of the council’s heritage-led regeneration plans to transform the town centre and drive recovery from the pandemic.

Leader of Kingston Council and portfolio holder for finance, councillor Andreas Kirsch said: 

“I’m incredibly proud that we have reached such a significant point in our Transform Kingston programme and our journey towards this fantastic new leisure facility. The submission of the planning application is a huge step forward in delivering the scheme. 

“We had more than 7,000 responses to our three phases of engagement on the proposals, and I want to thank all of you who shared your views. Your valuable and insightful feedback has helped shape the final designs. 

“We are working with leading architects FaulknerBrowns to deliver a truly inclusive space, accessible for all, environmentally sustainable, and family and disabled friendly. It will also celebrate our borough’s rich heritage and history. The new complex will help revitalise our town centre, making it a prime place to visit for culture, entertainment and leisure as well as shopping.”

The council’s new indoor leisure facilities strategy sets out the need for a wide range of high-quality physical activity services and facilities across the borough. With this new leisure complex, the council brings forward the first of several planned projects to deliver those ambitions. 

The planning application for the scheme will now be validated and live on the council’s planning portal in the next few weeks. It is anticipated to go to the council’s planning committee in the Autumn.


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