Banstead pool and homes plan approved

Merland Rise leisure centre artist's impression
Image caption The new pool and leisure centre will be funded by selling land to developers

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

The Banstead scheme includes a 25-metre pool, a gym and exercise studio, sports hall and football pitches.

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

Plans for 107 houses and 23 flats have also been approved by Reigate and Banstead council's planning committee.

The housing scheme includes 25% affordable housing of which 15% will be shared equity and 10% for rent.

Pool reinstated

Councillor Adam De Save said it was "fantastic news" for local residents.

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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