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Carnival Pool Development

Following a period of public consultation, the Wokingham Town Centre Regeneration Team submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the Carnival Pool site. The application was hybrid, in that it sought full planning permission for a new multi-storey car park, including a relocated bowling alley and laser play facility, and outline permission (with a detailed plan to follow in due course) for a new leisure complex and residential apartments.

Photo Carnival Pool

The Borough Planning Committee met on Wednesday 22 June 2015 and, after considering views from members of the public, including those of the Wokingham Society as presented by its Chairman, voted to approve the application.

Building work on the multi-storey car park started in the Summer of 2016 and was finished by Summer 2017, although the new bowling Alley which forms part of the structure is yet to be delivered.

Plans for the rest of the site have been changed since they were first presented in 2015, with the proposed addition of a new Library and the swimming pool being rebuilt rather than just refurbished. Those plans have now been submitted in an application to the Borough Council’s Planning Committee and the Society’s response to these new plans can be seen here.

There have been separate discussions with the public about the proposal to relocate the Library to this site. Despite reservations expressed by the Wokingham Society’s Executive Committee, the decision has been taken to proceed with that plan.