A heated open air swimming pool is among the attractions planned as part of a new leisure centre on the derelict Peter Pan’s Playground site on Brighton seafront.
A proposal for a £3 million year-round leisure centre on the site is due to be considered at the Brighton and Hove City Council Economic Development and Culture Committee meeting next week.
The scheme has been submitted by Brighton developer Copsemill Properties and partners.
The council said that the scheme could transform the land at the old Peter Pan site in Madeira Drive in Kemp Town which has remained derelict for several years.
The council said: “The proposal includes a 50-metre heated open air pool, changing facilities, a café, indoor endless pools, exercise studios, facilities for cycling and running and on-site bike storage.
“The centre would serve as a hub for swimming and sports-related businesses with office space and meeting rooms, units for sports-related retailers, including pop-up shops for special events taking place in Madeira Drive, training rooms, a library and lecture theatre.
“The swim centre would be the core of the development and provide escorted sea swims, training for lifeguards, open water and leisure swimmers and education about open water safety for children and parents.
“The proposal also includes a plan to create a boardwalk to facilitate access to the beach and sea for disabled users.
“Funding for the project would be through private investment, at no cost to the council.
“Brighton’s long-standing reputation as a health resort dates back to the 1730s when British physician Dr Richard Russell proclaimed the therapeutic benefits of bathing in, and drinking its sea water.
“The city is also home to England’s oldest sea swimming club, founded in 1860.”
The chairman of the council’s Economic Development and Culture Committee, Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, said: “As owners of the Peter Pan site we have been marketing it for redevelopment as a leisure facility that would enhance the area and draw in residents and visitors.
“This development would not only be a centre of excellence for the increasingly popular sport of open water swimming but also appeal to families, fitness enthusiasts and beach visitors.”
Should the committee grant an initial consent, the developers may then seek planning permission after a public consultation.
Final agreement for the project would still be required by the council’s Policy and Resources Committee.
The Economic Development and Culture Committee is due to meet at 4pm on Thursday (12 March).
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