New era set for Sheffield baths as site is marketed for development

Ecclesfield Parish Councillors Sheila Constance and Garry Weatherall with  Ben White - Knight Frank, Rebecca Schofield ' Knight Frank and Michael Shield, Shield Estates at the Chapeltown Baths site
Ecclesfield Parish Councillors Sheila Constance and Garry Weatherall with Ben White - Knight Frank, Rebecca Schofield ' Knight Frank and Michael Shield, Shield Estates at the Chapeltown Baths site
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A Sheffield swimming pool set to close after more than half a century is now being marketed for future development.

Chapeltown Baths will close next year, after 55 years, once a £7m pool and leisure centre opens in Thorncliffe Recreation Ground, High Green.

Sheffield Council had considered redeveloping the Chapeltown site for a new pool for the north of Sheffield but decided it was too small and would not offer value for money.

Ecclesfield Parish Council has now appointed Sheffield firm Knight Frank and Shield Estates to market the prominent site on Burncross Road for sale or lease.

As the parish council is supporting the new baths, it cannot be used as a pool again, so the premises will be refurbished or the site redeveloped.

Rebecca Schofield, partner, said: “It is one of the more unusual properties we have dealt with because the prospects for it can be quite wide in terms of future use.

“We have had a couple of inquiries and the type of them is a real mixed bag.It could be something like, subject to planning, residential retirement accommodation or a retirement home.”

The site’s cost would depend on what it was to be used for, she added.

Coun Garry Weatherall, from Ecclesfield Parish Council, said the new £7m centre would provide ‘unparalleled’ facilities.

He added: “This also allows us to look again at Chapeltown Baths and seek out new and innovative opportunities to rejuvenate an important site with a wider view on improving the location to the benefit of 10,000 residents. We are open to a variety of proposed uses but our emphasis will be on providing the best public benefit and maximising the site’s value.”