Swimming pool approval

Artist's impression of planned new swimming pool at Stocksbridge
Artist's impression of planned new swimming pool at Stocksbridge
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Plans for a brand new swimming pool in Stocksbridge have been approved - at the same time as campaigners say they will fundraise to pay for repairs to the town’s existing facility.

Dransfield Properties has been granted planning permission for the pool at the £46 million Fox Valley retail development on the old Outokumpu steelworks site off Manchester Road.

Stocksbridge Regeneration Company submitted an application to bring forward a new pool and gym as part of the scheme.

The company said its new four-lane pool will be housed in a 12,500 sq ft unit ‘in a prime position’ on the Fox Valley development with good links to the rest of the town.

It has been designed to meet disabled access requirements.

A hydraulic floor will be installed so the pool can be lowered for lane swimming but raised for toddler groups and lessons.

An 11,000 sq ft gym is also planned for the first floor.

Amanda Holmes, of Dransfield Properties, said: “We are delighted that the planning application for the new pool at Fox Valley has been approved by Sheffield Council.

“This is an important step forward in our plans to work in partnership towards delivering a community pool in the town in what we are confident is a great location.”

Fox Valley will be anchored by a 63,000 sq ft Tesco.

New office space is also planned, bringing a new commercial heart to the town, the development will have a central car park for 635 cars with good public transport links.

A later phase of the scheme will also deliver family housing.

But a date has not been set for Fox Valley scheme to get underway and Stocksbridge Regeneration Company is seeking European Union funding to help cover the costs.

News about the pool comes after campaign group 4SLC announced it has recruited around 500 volunteers to give the town’s mothballed leisure centre on Moorland Road a makeover so it can be reopened.

4SLC said it hopes both the new pool and the leisure centre could co-exist.