New leisure centre for Swanley


Residents can have their
say on a planning application for a brand new leisure centre in Swanley until
22 November 2019.

The modern, energy
efficient facility would take over from the current White Oak centre, which has
served generations of Swanley residents for more than 50 years. Built in 1967,
the centre is coming to the end of its life and is expensive to run, uses a lot
of energy and would cost too much to repair.

After Sevenoaks District
Council unveiled its plans for a new centre in March, it has made a number of
important changes following residents’ comments and suggestions.

The proposal for the new
centre now includes:

  • A 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool with a moveable floor making it suitable for beginners through to water polo clubs
  • Learner swimming pool
  • A viewing area for both swimming pools
  • A multi-purpose sports area big enough for two badminton courts
  • A state of the art, 100+ station modern fitness studio with a spin bike area
  • A Feel Good Suite for people who need help to exercise
  • Tag Active
  • Soft play area
  • Multi-purpose rooms and interconnected studios with moveable walls for classes and events
  • Café and viewing area
  • Car parking for around 140 vehicles and a coach drop-off point

The current White Oak
Leisure Centre would remain open during the building works.

The planning application
includes an outline proposal for two and three bedroom family homes on the
current site. These homes are essential to the project as they will help to
fund the new leisure centre.

Residents can view and comment
on the planning application at

They can also email
their comments to
quoting reference 19/02951/HYB together with their name and address or by
writing to: Development Services, Sevenoaks District Council, Argyle Road,
Sevenoaks, Kent  TN13 1HG.

“The prospect of a new
state-of-the-art leisure centre for Swanley is very good news,” says Cllr
Lesley Dyball, the Council’s Cabinet Member for People and Places.

“The centre would
provide excellent activities that reflect current leisure trends. It would be
environmentally friendly and economically viable, so we can continue to provide
leisure in Swanley for generations to come.

“We’re really keen for
residents to have their say on the new White Oak Leisure Centre proposals,
which they can do as part of the planning application process.”