The documentation for planning application 15/AP/1752 is on Southwark Council's website at http://planbuild.southwark.gov.uk/documents/?casereference=15/AP/1752&system=DC. This will place it immediately opposite Tavistock Tower and the dock-facing houses and apartments of Russia Court East.
Here are some of the artist's impressions shown in the above documentation. My initial reaction was dubious surprise. Now I have I seen the artist's impressions and I believe that it will be incredibly noisy as the sound of screaming kids carries over the water, and that the shower blocks will be incredibly ugly. Around 10 years ago the Watersports Centre erected a crane and ran bungie jumping from it - incredibly loud and intrusive and seriously annoying. That was refused permission to set up on a permanent basis because it was so anti-social and I don't see this being any better and any less anti-social. I live opposite the Watersports Centre and this plan really doesn't make me a happy bunny.
It's not exactly heritage-friendly either, and will spoil not only the peace of the dock but its appearance too.
It's not exactly a sympathetic use of a major piece of Rotherhithe's heritage. The image below shows an aeriel view. The pink dot marks the Moby Dick pub, and the blue rectangle is the proposed swimming pool. It really is quite enormous.
In so far as traffic is concerned, I am concerned about the impact on the one-way system and Jamaica Road. In addition, it will probably cause parking problems for the residents of the area surrounding the Watersports Centre, as there is an amazing amount of new residential building going up there at the moment, which will put additional stress on both the roads and the parking situation (the Planning statement says that all homes being built have their own dedicated parking - but what about home owners with more than one car?).
The planning statement says that it will accommodate children between the hours of 10am and 6pm but will be open earlier and later than these times for adult usage. They say that "it will be a great sight within an already amazing dock." Quite how that shower block translates into "a great sight" I have no idea.
And anyway, does Rotherhithe need a swimming pool with Seven Islands and its big pool literally just down the road? And what impact will this have on what I have heard is the promise of an eight lane Olympic style swimming pool and aqua centre in the soon to be announced masterplan vision from British Land?
The application was received 15th May 2015. You can send in your comments either in support or in opposition at the following page (the case office is Dipesh Patel) but there is no indication of when the ability to feed into the planning process expires. One to keep a very close eye on.
So much for our Borough Open Space! Thin end of the wedge?
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