Banstead pool and homes plans submitted

Plans for a new £8.7m swimming pool and leisure centre in Surrey, to be funded by 130 new homes, have been submitted by the borough council.

Reigate and Banstead council said the scheme included a 25-metre six-lane pool, a gym and exercise studio, sports hall and five-a-side football pitches.

The centre in Merland Rise is being paid for by selling the site of the Banstead Leisure Centre to developers.

An outline application for 107 houses and 23 flats has also been submitted.

Initial plans to include a swimming pool at the leisure centre were scrapped by the borough council in 2010 after it said it could no longer afford the facility.

The pool was reinstated after an outcry from residents, who said they were being short-changed.

Surrey County Council is due to submit plans for a separate housing development on the former de Burgh School site in Banstead in the coming weeks.

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