Land swap proposal for Chiltern Pools redevelopment
Chiltern District Council, with the support of Amersham Town Council, is proposing to build a fantastic new leisure and community facility in Amersham.
In order to make room for the new design and further protect green spaces in the town, both councils are proposing a 'land swap'.
In return for building on a small part of the King George V playing field which is currently owned by Amersham Town Council (ATC), Chiltern District Council (CDC) would transfer The Green in Woodside Close to ATC, protecting the land as open space through a Fields in Trust dedication.
The land swap will also result in the historic barn buildings being set in additional areas of green space, enhancing their appearance for the future.
Both councils are in full agreement with the land swap proposal, which offers a higher level of protection against any future development for Woodside Close.
There is also a good level of public support for the land swap with over 70 per cent of consultation responses in favour of the proposal.
The full results of the consultation can be viewed on the Land Swap pages of our website.
From today, (Monday 26th March 2018), public notices from both Chiltern District Council and Amersham Town Council are being displayed on each site until 20th April.
Following this, the councils will seek formal agreement to complete the land swap.
Once the land swap is completed, CDC will work with users of the existing Chiltern Pools and community facilities to develop more detailed design plans, which, subject to financial viability, will then be submitted as a formal planning application later in the year.
CDC Deputy Leader, Cllr. Mike Stannard, said: "We are excited to be progressing this amazing new facility for Chiltern which will provide sport, leisure and community facilities with something for everyone across the whole District. We are very grateful to our colleagues at Amersham Town Council, who have been extremely supportive throughout the formative stages of the project, for their assistance in securing support for, and agreement to, the land swap and the transfer of land to the enhanced security afforded by Fields in Trust dedication."
Amersham Town Mayor, Cllr. Clive Morgan, said: "The current community complex has served us well over the last 60 years but Amersham Town Council recognises the need for progress so that we can best provide for all the people in our community.
"This will be undertaken in a sympathetic and dynamic upgrading of the existing facilities.
"The proposed 'Land Swap' will enable a prestigious facility to be achieved in our town, maintaining the surrounding historical buildings within additional areas of green space.
"Under the land swap proposal, the existing children's play area on the King George V field will be upgraded and incorporated in the new development, with the remaining facilities being relocated on the field, with no further intrusion onto the open space. There will be no loss of existing facilities.
"Amersham Town Council recognises the importance of all the contributions made by the community so far, and we hope that all interested parties will continue to provide feedback as the development progresses so that we can ensure the needs of the community are met."