Proposals that will see major improvements to community facilities in New Addington have moved a step closer with the formal submission of a planning application for a £17m community and leisure centre.
The western side of Central Parade will undergo radical transformation as a new multi-level centre will provide local people and visitors with community spaces and state-of-the-art facilities for a range of sports to be played, including badminton and basketball.
Local people helped shape the priorities and told the council that, in addition to a community centre offering fresh, modern facilities, they were keen to see a new, modern leisure centre incorporated into the plans.
The community centre proposals feature two multi-purpose halls, a café, meeting rooms, offices and dressing rooms, and there is the option of licence applications for booked events. A demountable stage will be available for community shows and the ever-popular annual panto.
Proposals for the new leisure centre – in addition to a 25-metre, six-lane main swimming pool – include a learning pool and spectator seating. Other facilities in the complex could include a café, fitness suite, sport hall, crèche and studios.
The plans also incorporate eight family homes facing onto Chertsey Crescent.
Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning
“This promises to be a fantastic development that will transform Central Parade and New Addington. The submission of the planning application is a significant stage in the process and brings this wonderful community and leisure centre a step closer to reality.
“Our intention is that the centre will be inviting and exciting, offering flexible spaces that appeal to, and can be used and enjoyed by, all sectors of the community.
“A major factor in the development is that it will provide new housing, underlining this council’s commitment to building homes to meet the demands of the borough’s growing population.”
Councillor Louisa Woodley, cabinet member for families, health and social care
“With swimming pool, sports hall and fitness suite equipped with the latest kit, this new centre offers a range of ways in which people can improve their health, lifestyles and general well-being.”
The plans for the new centre can be viewed here.