Plans approved for new car park on former Temple Park Leisure Centre swimming pool

Plans for a new car park on the site of a former council swimming pool have been approved.

Friday, 19th July 2019, 2:13 pm
Demolition of Temple Park pool

Last year, planning chiefs gave the green light to demolish the closed pool at Temple Park Leisure Centre.

The attraction, which opened in the 1970s, was one of the first in the region to have a wave machine.

However, the pool was closed in October 2013 to make way for the £16million Haven Point Pool and Leisure Complex – which opened later the same month.

Temple Park Leisure Centre

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This week, plans were approved for a new 22-space car park to the south west corner of the Temple Park leisure site.

The application was made by South Tyneside Council’s Asset Management team.

When completed, the parking area will bridge the gap between the main Leisure/ Sports Centre and the Gymnastic Centre.

It also aims to make it easier for residents to use facilities.

A planning report reads:”The proposed car park would provide disabled car parking for staff and for users of the Gymnastic Centre, including those with severe disabilities that attend the centre to undertake exercise therapy classes.

“The proposed car park would also provide a drop off area in close proximity to the Gymnastic Centre which would provide enhanced safety for young children.”

The plans were given final approval on Tuesday, July 16 (2019).

The footprint of the ex- leisure pool building, which is currently being demolished, will also be grassed over.