New fitness facilities are set to come to Purley as part of the Croydon regeneration scheme.

Croydon Council has received a planning application from developers Polaska for a new leisure centre on the Purley Pool site and the regeneration of the surrounding area.  

The planning application includes a new leisure centre and a housing scheme for the elderly, with a new public square with improved access from the station to the High Street to help regenerate the town centre and boost the local economy.

The leisure centre is planned to have a 25m six-lane main pool, training pool, 80-space gym, fitness suite and studio space, and a café.

Executive Mayor Jason Perry has made returning a swimming pool to the heart of Purley a top priority.

The intention is to pay for the new leisure by using money from the development.

The council will still own the facility.

Executive Mayor of Croydon, Jason Perry, said: “I pledged to bring a pool back to the heart of Purley and this is a welcome step towards making that happen.

“The council has been working with Polaska on their proposals for the site because we want to make sure that the development benefits the whole community.

“I know that Purley Pool has been much missed by residents and a new leisure centre will help make it easier for local people of all ages to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles.   

“The plans also include a later living scheme and a new public space, helping to increase footfall in our town centre and provide a boost for local businesses.  

“While this is a welcome step, there is still a long way to go – we need to make sure that the proposals are right.

“The council will carefully consider the planning application from Polaska, and our focus will be fixed on delivering a facility that benefits everyone in the area.”