Pool for hire location found unsustainable

The construction of an indoor swimming pool in the grounds of a Norfolk manor house has been ruled unsustainable because the majority of customers would travel to the site by car.

The appellant proposed to operate the pool on a private hire and time-share basis, with members buying time in 30-minute blocks for up to two hours per session. The pool would open throughout the week and the maximum number of swimmers at any one time would be six. The inspector agreed that this had the potential to cater for a significant number of people each day.

However, he was concerned that the site lay more than 2km from the nearest settlement and found no evidence to indicate that it would only be used by local people. Although a bus route passed the site, services were very infrequent. He inferred that the majority of swimmers would travel by car, contrary to the objective of promoting more sustainable forms of development. The potential for up to six car journeys every half hour would also adversely affect the amenity of residents living on the road to the site, he added.

DCS Number 100-051-070

Inspector John Murray; Written representations.

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