Council receives plans to build a new swimming pool and café in Bawtry

Plans to build a new swimming pool in a Doncaster town have been submitted to the council.

Friday, 27th September 2019, 4:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 10:55 am
The former bottling plant on Tickhill Road could be become the site of a new swimming pool

Swim Stars & Dolphins, who provide swimming lessons for children and adults, want to transform the derelict Old Bottling Plant on the corner of Tickhill Road and Pembroke Grove in Bawtry.

The wider plans include an 18 metre pool, play area, café, viewing area, changing rooms, toilets, and an office along with associated demolitions of certain outbuildings.

A 58-space car park will also be developed at the front of the site.

It’s understood the pool will provide lessons for school children, private lessons for all ages and certain fitness classes.

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Doncaster-based Swim Stars & Dolphins already run pools in the town centre, Wheatley and Worksop. Bosses hope around 1,000 people will use the Bawtry site each week.

Developers want to demolish the bottling plant offices at the front and retain the existing warehouse portal frame building to house the new swimming pool and play area using the existing internal floor space.

The existing access into the site is set to be improved and made wider onto Tickhill Road. The car park space will allow for service vehicles to turn in the site and leave without having to reverse back onto the road.

Documents show access for disabled attendees will be implemented using stairs and ramps. Two points of pedestrian access have been created –one into the listed barn café and the other into the swimming pool and activity centre.

Planning agent Sandra Barraclough, from Barraton Design Studio, said: “The existing listed building will be protected and significantly enhanced by the change of use to a café being sympathetic to ensure minimal change to the building is maintained. Removing a rather dull office building can only enhance the setting of the barn.

“Bringing into the use the vacant buildings with a viable use can only be good for Bawtry creating jobs.”