Planning permission for a modern leisure centre for Swanley was approved on Thursday, 13 February 2020.
The modern, energy efficient facility is intended to take over from the current White Oak centre, which has served generations of Swanley residents for more than 50 years.
Built in 1967, the current centre is coming to the end of its life and is expensive to run, uses a lot of energy and will cost too much to repair.
After we unveiled our plans for a new centre in March, we have made a number of significant changes following residents’ comments and suggestions.
We are now planning to include:
- A 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool with a moveable floor making it suitable for beginners through to water polo clubs
- Learner swimming pool
- A viewing area for both swimming pools
- A multi-purpose sports area big enough for two badminton courts
- A state of the art, 100+ station modern fitness studio with a spin bike area
- A Feel Good Suite for people who need help to exercise
- Tag Active
- Soft play area
- Multi-purpose rooms and interconnected studios with moveable walls for classes and events
- Café and viewing area
- Car parking for around 140 vehicles and a coach drop-off point
The current White Oak Leisure Centre would remain open during the works.
The planning permission includes an outline permission for two and three bedroom family homes on the current site. These homes are essential to the project as they will help to fund the new Leisure Centre.
In April, the centre proposals will be considered by our Cabinet and then Council, consisting of all 54 Councillors. If they approve the proposal, building work could start this summer with the new centre opening its doors to the public in late 2021.
See the video about Tagactive, a game designed to test strategy, speed and agility.