Baby and toddler indoor swimming pool plan for Portishead industrial unit
A disused industrial unit in Portishead could become an indoor swimming pool for babies and toddlers.
Clevedon businessman Glyn Davies, who runs Aquasplash, has put forward plans to transform an empty warehouse at Old Mill Road into a pool and café.
The heated pool would open seven days a week from 9am to 8pm and the café from 9.30am-5pm and be available to children aged from two months to three years.
There would also be a spectator area, reception, showers and changing facilities and the pool would provide swimming lessons and a chance for young children to build their confidence in the water.
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Fourteen parking spaces would be provided and the new pool facility, if approved, would create four new part time jobs.
In his application to North Somerset Council, Mr Davies said: “Warm water pools are perfect environments for babies and small children to learn to swim. Market demand for baby and infant swimming classes has continued to see strong growth.
“The concept is to construct a fully operational warm water pool which is effectively sub-let to fully insured and qualified swimming companies teaching babies and infants aged six weeks to two years.”
Portishead already has an indoor pool at Parish Wharf plus the open air pool, which also has a small children’s splash pool.
Mr Davies added: “The proposed warm water pool won’t be in competition with the Parish Wharf leisure centre pool as its use it very specific.”
Mr Davies said he had already been approached by swimming teachers keen to use the new facility.
The application follows a recent trend of leisure facilities opening up in the former industrial buildings of Old Mill Road.
A gym and indoor skate park were both successful in obtaining planning permission to change the use of unit two for their respective leisure uses.