New swimming pool and café to be built in this area of Doncaster

Planning permission for a new swimming pool and café in a Doncaster town has been granted by council planners.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 9:45 am

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

The wider plans include 20 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.

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Swim Stars & Dolphins, who provide swimming lessons for children and adults, are set to transform the derelict Old Bottling Plant in Bawtry into a 20-metre swimming pool
Swim Stars & Dolphins, who provide swimming lessons for children and adults, are set to transform the derelict Old Bottling Plant in Bawtry into a 20-metre swimming pool

The Bawtry pool will be exclusively used exclusively available for private swimming lessons for children aged from two-years-old and for primary schools to access as part of their swimming provision.

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.

Director Sara Pegden, said: “We are the UK’s fastest growing provider of private swimming lessons and, we want to further invest in Doncaster and create a Doncaster based business that can grow throughout the whole of the UK.

“Following the success of our Wheatley venue we want to emulate this concept in Bawtry.

“As Doncaster is already recognised as having the second highest rate of obesity in England, our centre will not only help to create a safe environment for children to learn a vital life saving skills, but it will also enable us to educate children the importance of regular exercise to help reduce obesity figures across Doncaster.”

Developers want to demolish the bottling plant offices 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.