As operator, we are pleased to announce that Hampton Pool Trust’s exciting proposals to develop Hampton Pool to provide fit-for-purpose buildings and infrastructure were approved by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames Planning Committee at their meeting on 18 November 2020.
The Trust’s plans, which developed with the support of YMCA and Architect’s Wimshurst Pelleriti, represent the vision to secure the long-term future of the pool by upgrading the facilities. Originally submitted to the Council in 2016 the plans have developed in response to changes in member and customer feedback, sustainable technology and context. The new development will retain the focus on swimming and the unique open-air ethos of Hampton Pool whist introducing a new family friendly changing village, new entrance and cafe area, larger gym and exercise studio. As well as ensuring that the building is open and accessible to all they will also help stabilise income during the winter months when swimming numbers are lower.
The plans, which had already been approved at Stage 1 by the Greater London Authority, meet all aspects of the London Plan and borough requirements, as such they were recommended for approval by Richmond Planning Department, a decision that was agreed unanimously by the councillors.
With planning permission in place, we now go back to the Greater London Authority for Stage 2 approval. From there we move on to the detailed design development, mobilising our fundraising campaign ahead of construction.
Full details of the plans, the planning officer report and the webcast of the Planning Committee may be found here.